Why is the differentiation between community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP), hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP), and other pulmonary pathology important?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Differentiation between CAP, healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP), hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP), and other pulmonary pathology at presentation is important for several reasons, but primarily because the varying pathogens implicated in each category dictate the empiric therapy likely to be most useful. [3]


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