The clinical distinction between community-acquired pneumonia and health care-associated pneumonia is crucial for correct management and antibiotic selection. ... Consider aspiration pneumonia especially when two or more risk factors are present and
While shorter antibiotic duration is safe and effective for general medicine patients admitted with pneumonia, excess treatment is common, especially at discharge, a retrospective cohort study found. ... adult general medicine patients (median age, 70.2
Only a positive study has diagnostic value. Aspiration pneumonia (implying infection), aspiration pneumonitis (suggesting chemically induced injury and inflammation), and even aspiration bronchitis are all classified as “complex” pneumonias,
structure. Lung ultrasound performed at the bedside may be useful for diagnosing pneumonia, according to a recent study. ... Researchers performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine whether bedside lung ultrasound was an accurate method
Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP), or nosocomial pneumonia, is a serious complication of hospitalized patients. ... Opinions differ as to whether the organisms involved in early versus late pneumonia are different.
IDSA and ATS release new guidelines for treating hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia
The new recommendations remove the concept of health care-associated pneumonia from these HAP/VAP guidelines and recommend that individual hospitals generate antibiograms to help clinicians choose the optimal antibiotics. ... The Infectious Diseases
Concerns are growing that pneumonia is being overdiagnosed. Here's how you can stem the trend. ... Metlay said. Another dilemma in pneumonia treatment is whether to admit the patient.
Choosing ICU care for pneumonia patients who could instead have been admitted to medical wards appeared to reduce mortality without increasing costs, a new study found. ... The researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study of more than 1 million
High rates of ICU admission among elderly patients with pneumonia were associated with lower quality of care, a new study showed. ... Rates of failure to deliver pneumonia processes of care, 30-day mortality, readmission to the hospital, and Medicare
Pneumonia is best confirmed by chest X-ray or chest computed tomography (CT). ... See the May 2011 Coding Corner column for a discussion of these types of pneumonia.).