At UK HealthCare our focus is to provide the very best care to every patient, every time.
Certain measures help us to compare our performance with that of other similar hospital systems nationwide, enabling us to see how we’re doing and how we might improve. Looking at readmissions, for instance, helps us evaluate whether the patients received the best possible care while in the hospital and whether they got good, clear instructions on how to care for themselves once they went home.
Not all medical care can be standardized or quantified, but in those cases where it can, tracking our performance helps us to evaluate and improve the care we provide overall. Our Core Measures program helps us know whether we are doing the right thing every time.
Core measures are a set of evidence-based, scientifically researched processes or standards of care that are designed to improve outcomes for patients. Hospitals nationwide use these same core measures, which were established by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2000. Our goal is to provide this “best practice” care to all of our patients and to make sure it is documented accurately. By tracking our performance on these measures we can see how well we’re doing and identify areas that might need improvement.
Pneumonia patients whose initial emergency room blood culture was performed prior to the administration of the first hospital dose of antibiotics
If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, hospitals will usually treat the infection with antibiotics. Different antibiotics are more effective at treating different bacteria. Blood drawn from a patient prior to the patient receiving medication provides the doctors the best information.
Hospitals use blood culture tests to determine the most effective antibiotic to treat a particular strain of pneumonia.
Pneumonia patients given the most appropriate initial antibiotics
Because different antibiotics are more effective at treating different bacteria, it is important that patients receive the best antibiotic as early as possible in their treatment.