Pneumonia is a serious infection or inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses or (in rare cases) fungus or other organisms. Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) refers to pneumonia acquired outside the hospital. More than 4 million cases of CAP occur across the country each year.
The following charts show how Spectrum Health compares to other local hospitals. These numbers come from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Hospital Compare website.
We know practice makes perfect in health care as in most of life. That's why the number or volume of procedures that a hospital or a physician performs can be a valuable yardstick of clinical quality, especially when considered alongside additional quality measures and other factors. Spectrum Health treats more than 1,000 patients with community-acquired pneumonia annually.
The following chart shows the percentage of patients diagnosed with community acquired pneumonia (CAP) who had blood cultures ordered and drawn prior to the first antibiotic administration at the hospital. Blood cultures are recommended for those with severe pneumonia. Higher percentages are better.
Why does this matter? Blood cultures help identify the bacteria causing a patient's pneumonia.
Additional quality reports regarding our community-acquired pneumonia care are available from The Joint Commission.
Quality Report Card Data Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide timely and accurate data for your consideration. It is possible that The Joint Commission Core Measures values gathered from other public sources are constructed with a different time frame.