Pneumonia quality scores

Pneumonia is a severe lung infection that causes breathing difficulty, fever, cough, and fatigue.

The quality scores below tell you how well Duke hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines for treating pneumonia.

Pneumonia patients given the right initial antibiotic(s)

The rates displayed in this graph are for discharges July 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015. Source:

  • *The U.S. average includes all reporting hospitals in the United States.
  • **The N.C. average includes all reporting hospitals in the state of North Carolina.

What do these scores mean?

The percentage of eligible pneumonia patients (out of 100) who received the right type of antibiotic for their pneumonia.

Why are these scores important?

If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, hospitals will usually treat the infection with antibiotics. Some antibiotics are more effective than others at treating different bacteria.

Hospitals use blood culture tests to determine the most effective antibiotic to treat a particular strain of pneumonia.

What are we doing to continue to improve our quality scores?