What instructions should be given to patients being treated for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Remind patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) to comply with prescribed antimicrobials even after they experience clinical improvement. Avoid dampening the cough reflex, and, except in patients with heart failure, encourage hydration to help facilitate clearance of secretions.


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