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Pneumonia

Pneumonia Core Measures

The following results were reported for patient discharges from April 2011 through March 2012, unless otherwise noted:

1. Percent of pneumonia patients assessed and given pneumococcal vaccination.

 YRMC    Arizona Hospitals   National Average
   90%                  89%                         88%

Why this is important
The pneumococcal vaccine may help prevent, or lower the risk of complications of pneumonia caused by bacteria. It may also help prevent future infections. Patients with pneumonia should be asked if they have been vaccinated recently for pneumonia and, if not, should be given the vaccine.

2. Percent of pneumonia patients assessed and given influenza vaccination.

 YRMC    Arizona Hospitals   National Average
   82%                86%                            86%

Why this is important
Flu shots reduce the risk of influenza, a serious and sometimes deadly lung infection that can spread quickly in a community or facility. Hospitals should check to make sure that pneumonia patients, particularly those who are 50 or older, get a flu shot during the flu season to protect them from another lung infection and to help prevent the spread of the flu.

Since a flu shot is effective for just one flu season, the period of time used to calculate this rate is the flu season (in this case, October 2009 to March 2010)


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