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Initial antibiotic

Timely use of antibiotics can improve the treatment of pneumonia. Antibiotics are used to treat adults with pneumonia caused by bacteria.

Why this is important:

Early treatment with antibiotics can cure bacterial pneumonia and reduce the possibility of complications.

The chart above shows the percent of patients who were given their first dose of antibiotics within six hours of arrival at the hospital. Patients who contract pneumonia during their stay at the hospital are not counted in this measure.