Pneumonia is an irritation or infection in the the lungs that causes fluid to build, often making it difficult to breath. Recent studies have proven that patients who receive an antibiotic within four hours of arrival have lower mortality rates and shorter hospital stays. Blood oxygen levels should be tested within 24 hours prior to or after arrival at the hospital. It has been shown that maintaining an appropriate oxygen level in the blood may improve the overall outcome of patients with pneumonia.
Evidence based indicators are aspects of care that have been scientifically proven to improve clinical outcomes.
Indicators for pneumonia care include:
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