When should hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) be discharged?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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If the patient is switched to an oral regimen and is doing well, earlier discharge from the hospital is possible. The oral therapy regimen can be completed at home. Optimal intravenous-to-oral switch therapy consists of a single agent that has an appropriate spectrum, has excellent bioavailability, is well tolerated, has a low resistance potential, and is relatively inexpensive.


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