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    Pneumonia Care

    At California Pacific, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care and reporting publicly on our performance. The following comparison measurements have been chosen by federal and state agencies and other organizations as measurements of high quality medical care for some of the most common and costly conditions that hospitals treat. They measure whether important, recommended medical treatments are given to achieve the best results for patients.

    Pneumonia is a leading cause of death in the United States. The incidence of pneumonia increases with age, and approximately 90 percent of deaths in the population aged 65 or older are due to this condition. Below are some of the key areas that medical experts focus on when caring for patients with pneumonia. They include important actions that should be taken when a patient is hospitalized with pneumonia.

    Note: Our Quality data is submitted to different reporting agencies in different ways. Data/information that appear on California Pacific's Quality web pages may be assigned either to individual or combined campuses at California Pacific based on a set of complex rules, such as hospital license numbers and Medicare identification numbers.

    Pneumonia Care: Oct-Dec 2011


    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 100%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 90%
      National Average - 94%
      Percentage of pneumonia patients over the age of 65 assessed and given the pneumococcal vaccine.
      The pneumococcal vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of a serious pneumonia infection by as much as 75%. Since approximately two-thirds of patients hospitalized with serious pneumonia infections have been previously hospitalized at least once during the past five years, inpatient hospitalization is a good time to provide screening and immunization against pneumonia.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 96%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 97%
      National Average - 96%
      Percentage of pneumonia patients having blood cultures performed before their first antibiotic is received in the hospital.
      Since different types of bacteria can cause pneumonia, hospitals should complete a blood culture test to determine which bacteria may have caused the pneumonia and which antibiotic will work best. A blood culture is useful to help determine how to best treat the pneumonia and to determine if any precautions are necessary to prevent the spread of illness.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 100%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 100%
      National Average - 98%
      Percentage of pneumonia patients given smoking cessation advice counseling.
      Pneumonia patients who stop smoking have a much better short and long-term prognosis than those who do not quit. By counseling patients to quit at a time when they are likely to be receptive to this message, hospitals can help them reduce their risk of getting pneumonia again.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 100%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 97%
      National Average - 96%
      Percentage of pneumonia patients that receive antibiotics within 6 hours of arrival at the hospital.
      Patients who have pneumonia caused by bacteria need to receive antibiotics as soon as possible to lower the risk of serious complications.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 100%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 100%
      National Average - 94%
      Percentage of pneumonia patients given appropriate antibiotics upon arrival at the hospital.
      When pneumonia is caused by bacteria, it is treated with antibiotics. Hospitals should choose the antibiotics that best treat the type of bacteria causing the infection for each pneumonia patient.

    • CPMC - Cal/Pac/Dav - 100%
      CPMC - St. Luke's - 94%
      National Average - 93%
      Percentage of pneumonia patients given influenza vaccination.
      Why is this important?


    Links to National Databases that Report These Measures

    Hospital Compare Opens new window
    Provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site compares the quality of care provided by hospitals.

    CalQualityCare.org Opens new window
    This site compares how patients rate the care they received in California hospitals.
    CalQualityCare.org is managed by the California HealthCare Foundation Opens new window (CHCF), a nonprofit philanthropy.