8600 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814

Pneumonia Care

Care Quality Measures
Suburban Hospital
October - December 2013
most recent data
State Average
April 2012 - March 2013
last available
National Average
April 2012 - March 2013
last available
Initial Emergency Department blood culture was performed prior to administration of the first hospital dose of antibiotics.
(What this measure means)
100% 97% 98%
Patients given the most appropriate initial antibiotic
(What this measure means)
100% 97% 95%



What we are doing to improve:

The health care team continues to work on coordination of diagnostic studies for patients admitted with pneumonia, so that once the studies are completed, antibiotics can be started as quickly as possible. The goal is for the first dose to be given within 6 hours of arrival.

The hospital promotes pneumonia vaccination for eligible patients, and flu vaccine for patients, physicians and hospital staff during the flu season months (October through March). Patients are screened on admission to determine the need for vaccination, and then receive the vaccines as close to the time of discharge as possible. The hospital also works with area nursing homes to improve the process of sharing information about patients’ vaccination status.