What is the role of fluid resuscitation in the treatment of bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Patients with hypotension and/or tachycardia may benefit from an intravenous crystalloid. Many individuals with pneumonia also have volume depletion. In elderly patients and in patients with underlying cardiac disease, care must be employed to avoid aggressive fluid administration, which may cause volume overload.


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