What are the guidelines for determining the treatment setting for bacterial pneumonia based on the CURB-65 score?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Current guidelines suggest that patients may be treated in an outpatient setting or may require hospitalization according to their CURB-65 score, as follows:

  • Score of 0-1 – Outpatient treatment

  • Score of 2 – Admission to medical ward

  • Score of 3 or higher – Admission to intensive care unit (ICU)


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