PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Measure: Blood culture in ED prior to initial antibiotic

Time Period Ending:  12/31/2012

Rate: 92%

What We Are Doing:
We have standard Emergency Department orders that begin when the patient is triaged for care. If pneumonia is suspected, an RN can begin appropriate care to expedite treatment. We also have standardized admission orders for the care of patients with pneumonia. We are currently educating staff, evaluating current processes, and implementing small process changes in an effort to improve performance of this measure.

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