Which empiric antibiotics are indicated in non- ICU or ward patients with bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Answer

For non-intensive care unit (ICU) patients, choose one option below:

  • Beta-lactam (intravenous [IV] or intramuscular [IM] administration) plus macrolide (IV or oral [PO])

  • Beta-lactam (IV or IM) plus doxycycline (IV or PO)

  • Antipneumococcal quinolone monotherapy (IV or IM)

  • If the patient is younger than 65 years with no risk factors for drug-resistant organisms, administer macrolide monotherapy (IV or PO)


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