Table 2 Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) quality measures for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and Average University Healthcare Consortium (UHC) Hospitals in 2003, prior to the initiation of improvement efforts
CAP quality measureDHMCAverage UHC peers
Percentage of pneumonia patients who received their first dose of antibiotics within 4 h after arrival at the hospital6754
Percentage of pneumonia patients who had blood cultures performed within 24 h prior to or after arrival at the hospital6082
Percentage of pneumonia patients (cigarette smokers) who received smoking cessation advice or counselling during the hospital stay3235
Percentage of pneumonia patients whose arterial oxygenation was assessed by arterial blood gas or pulse oximetry within 24 h prior to or after hospital arrival10098
Percentage of patients receiving a pneumococcal vaccination assessment and vaccination if eligible3943
Composite measure (all or none)10Not available