This graph shows how often adult pneumonia patients at Salem Hospital receive all best-practice care elements. The higher the percentage, the better the care given.
Our goal is to be at 100 percent—delivering best-practice care to every patient, every time.
Best-practice elements are standards created using research and evidence from in-hospital patient visits. The elements provide a blueprint that health care providers nationwide follow to reliably deliver the best possible results for patients.
If you come to Salem Hospital with suspected pneumonia, your best-practice care will include:
- Vaccinations for the pneumococcal virus and the flu.
- Blood cultures within 24 hours of hospital arrival to determine if you have pneumonia.
- Appropriate antibiotics within six hours of a confirmed pneumonia diagnosis.
- Advice on how to stop smoking (if you are a smoker).
The graph on this page compares our score to The Joint Commission National Performance Composite Score. The Composite Score is the total number of times patients received all the elements of care for which they were eligible divided by the total number of opportunities we had to provide the care.
Why do we measure this?
When we measure our delivery of best-practice elements, we know just how well we're taking care of our patients. We then use that information to continually improve patient care.
The best-practice elements used to create the standards are taken from research in the health care field. That research shows that when all the best practices happen, patients have better outcomes than if one or more is left out or done wrong.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission have endorsed the best practices. The measures are used as national standards in most hospitals. In this way, U.S. hospitals follow the same practices and are working toward the same level of care.
What are we doing to improve?
If you're admitted to Salem Hospital with significant pneumonia symptoms, we immediately assess your condition using standard guides for medication and treatment strategies.
We've built these guides into our electronic medical records system, so that doctors and staff are automatically reminded of the appropriate steps to take.
Vaccination details have also been built into our system.
Vaccine reports are automatically generated each morning. These reports identify patients who need to receive pneumonia or influenza vaccines.