Delayed administration of antibiotics and mortality in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.

@article{Cheng2009DelayedAO,
  title={Delayed administration of antibiotics and mortality in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.},
  author={Allen C Cheng and Kirsty L. Buising},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={53 5},
  pages={618-24}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVE Previous studies have demonstrated a crude association between the time to first antibiotic dose and mortality in patients with community-acquired pneumonia. We hypothesize that time to first antibiotic dose may affect mortality, particularly for patients at high risk of death, that is, patients hypoxic on presentation, patients in Pneumonia Severity Index class IV or V, and patients older than 65 years at our institution. METHODS We reviewed data from a prospectively… CONTINUE READING

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