What is the first step in the management of bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Almost all major decisions regarding management of pneumonia address the initial assessment of severity. See Risk Stratification under Clinical Presentation.

Perhaps the most important initial determination is that of the need for hospitalization. In determining site or level of care, options include outpatient, medical ward care, or medical intensive care unit (ICU) management.


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