Pneumonia Explanation of Terms

  • Blood Culture
    This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients at Memorial University Medical Center who had a blood sample studied before receiving any medication. By analyzing the blood, doctors can see what type of pneumonia is present and which type of antibiotic will treat it. See our score.

    Smoking Cessation
    This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients who were given information to help them stop smoking before being discharged from Memorial University Medical Center. Smoking can make pneumonia more severe. See our score.
    After 2011, this measure was no longer required for national tracking databases.

    Influenza Vac – Flu Vaccine
    This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients that received a shot, if needed, to protect them from influenza (flu). Flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Many people who have a high risk of getting pneumonia are also at risk for getting flu. The vaccine can protect them. See our score.
    After 2011, this measure was no longer required for national tracking databases.

    Pneumococcal Vac – Pneumonia Vaccine
    This is the percentage of pneumonia patients who received a pneumonia vaccine (if needed) before being discharged from Memorial University Medical Center. The vaccine may prevent bacterial pneumonia or make the disease less severe. See our score.
    After 2011, this measure was no longer required for national tracking databases.

    Antibiotic Within Six Hours
    This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients who received proper antibiotic treatment within six hours of arriving at Memorial University Medical Center. Receiving an antibiotic within six hours can cure bacterial pneumonia and reduce the risk of complications from the disease. See our score.
    After 2011, this measure was no longer required for national tracking databases.

    Appropriate Antibiotic Selection for Non-ICU Patients
    This shows the percentage of non-critical patients who received appropriate antibiotics for pneumonia at Memorial University Medical Center. Specific antibiotics are used to treat or prevent particular types of pneumonia. Healthcare workers must determine which antibiotics are most appropriate for each patient. See our score.