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Pneumonia: Antibiotic Given Within Six Hours of Arrival at Hospital

What does it mean?
Patients with in pneumonia, which is an infection in the lungs, should receive antibiotics to begin treatment of the infection within six hours of arriving at the hospital.

Why is it important?
Research shows that when the right antibiotic is given to a patient with the lung infection pneumonia with six hours of arriving at the hospital or emergency room, they recover quicker and with fewer complications.

What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of patients with pneumonia receiving an antibiotic within six hours of their arrival at the hospital.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.