Admission is not always necessary for patients with community-acquired pneumonia in risk classes IV and V diagnosed in the emergency room.

@article{Marrie2007AdmissionIN,
  title={Admission is not always necessary for patients with community-acquired pneumonia in risk classes IV and V diagnosed in the emergency room.},
  author={Tom Marrie and Jane Q Huang},
  journal={Canadian respiratory journal},
  year={2007},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={212-6}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine the factors that allow patients with community-acquired pneumonia who are at high risk of mortality (risk classes IV and V) to be treated at home. DESIGN A prospective, observational study. SETTING Six hospitals and one free-standing emergency room in Edmonton, Alberta. PARTICIPANTS The present study included 2354 patients in risk classes IV and V who had a diagnosis of pneumonia made by an emergency room physician or an internist. MEASUREMENTS Symptoms, signs and… CONTINUE READING