Pneumonia Best Practices

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs that is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Pneumonia is serious and can be life-threatening, causing millions of people worldwide to seek treatment at hospitals each year, including UT Southwestern Medical Center.

UT Southwestern closely monitors several “core measures” – considered medical “best practices” in treating pneumonia – to ensure we are meeting recommended guidelines.

Compare UT Southwestern’s scores with state and national averages for the following core measures:

Best Practices/Core MeasuresUT Southwestern University Hospitals

Pneumonia Patients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s)