What are the guidelines for evaluation and antibiotic treatment of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Many regions have guidelines for evaluation and treatment of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). This usually includes a maximum time from door to antibiotic administration of four hours or less. Failure to abide by these time parameters may be associated with poor outcome. When in doubt, administer the first antibiotic dose.

Other initial treatments may include correction of electrolyte levels and chest physiotherapy (to assist in drainage of secretions).

See Antimicrobial Therapy for Bacterial Pneumonia.


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