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Appropriate initial antibiotics

Antibiotics are medicines that treat infection; each antibiotic is different. The hospital should choose the antibiotic that best treats the infection type for each pneumonia patient.

Why this is important:

Pneumonia is a lung infection that is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, the hospital will treat the infection with antibiotics. Different bacteria are treated with different antibiotics.

The chart above shows the percentage of pneumonia patients that were given the most appropriate initial antibiotic for their type of pneumonia.