Huntersville Medical Center

Initial antibiotic

Timely use of antibiotics can improve the treatment 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 percentage of pneumonia patients who were given their first dose of antibiotics within four hours of arrival at the hospital. Patients who acquired pneumonia during their stay at the hospital are not counted in this measure.