Clinical Policy: Critical Issues in the Management of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Devorah J. Nazarian, Orin L. Eddy, Thomas W. Lukens, Scott D. Weingart, Wyatt W. Decker

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This clinical policy from the American College of Emergency Physicians focuses on critical issues concerning the management of adult patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with community-acquired pneumonia. It is an update of the 2001 clinical policy for the management and risk stratification of adult patients presenting to the ED with community-acquired pneumonia. A subcommittee reviewed the current literature to derive evidence-based recommendations to help answer the following questions: (1) Are routine blood cultures indicated in patients admitted with community-acquired pneumonia? (2) In adult patients with community-acquired pneumonia without severe sepsis, is there a benefit in mortality or morbidity from the administration of antibiotics within a specific time course? The evidence was graded and recommendations were given based on the strength of evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-731
Number of pages28
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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