What is the role of antimicrobial therapy 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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Treatment of pneumonia depends largely on the empiric use of antibiotic regimens directed against potential pathogens as determined by the setting in which the infection took place and the potential for exposure to multidrug-resistant (MDR) organisms and other more virulent pathogens (ie, community-acquired pneumonia [CAP], healthcare-acquired pneumonia [HCAP], hospital-acquired pneumonia [HAP], ventilator-associated pneumonia [VAP]). Discussion of empiric antibiotic therapy should be based on hospitalization status.


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