Spring 2023

Document Type

Scholarly Project


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Dr. Laura Herbert


Problem Statement: Among adult patients admitted with pneumonia, what is the effect of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) sets for pneumonia, as compared to usual practice, on the length of stay over three months.

Purpose: The project aimed to determine if inpatient LOS related to pneumonia could be impacted by utilizing appropriately completed computerized physician order entry (CPOE). The current pneumonia order set was evaluated and updated to reflect the latest evidence-based standards of care. Pneumonia order sets with evidence-based practice treatment algorithms was the intervention focus as they have been shown to impact the length of stays (Krive et al., 2015).

Methods: A retrospective chart review revealed pneumonia was the leading diagnosis responsible for hospital stays of greater than four days. That data was collected from May 2020 to May 2021.

Inclusion Criteria: All adult patients admitted to the facility with a pneumonia diagnosis regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or gender.

Analysis: Two sample T-tests were used to test for equal or unequal variances for the number of days admitted. Participants were any adult patients admitted to the hospital with the diagnosis of pneumonia.

Implications for Practice: For patients with pneumonia requiring hospitalization, evidence-based Computerized Provider Order Entry sets may reduce the length of stay, complications related to longer hospitalizations, and financial burdens.


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