When is hospitalization indicated for patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Although patients with mild community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) may be treated in an ambulatory setting, patients with CAP who are moderately to severely ill should be hospitalized. Underlying comorbidities often contribute to disease severity. Patients with severe CAP require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), prompt administration of appropriate antibiotics for CAP, and evidence-based sepsis management. Oxygen and/or ventilatory support may be required. [28, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68]


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