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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 1.92
Percent of recommended hospital care received by Medicare patients with pneumoniaa, United States, 2002 and 2003
    2003 2002
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   59.0 0.2 54.3 0.2
Race White 59.9 0.2 55.1 0.2
African American 52.3 0.7 47.6 0.7
Hispanic 58.5 2.4 45.3 1.2
Native American 57.8 1.8 54.7 1.5
Asian 56.7 1.7 56.1 1.7

a Recommended hospital care for pneumonia includes having blood cultures collected before the administration of the first antibiotics dose, receiving the first dose of antibiotic within 4 hours of arrival at the hospital, receiving the recommended empirical antibiotic regimen which is consistent with current guidelines, screening for influenza vaccine statuses and vaccinating prior to discharge for patients age 50 and over discharged during the winter, and screening for pneumococcal vaccine statuses and vaccinating prior to discharge for patients age 65 and over.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program.

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