Effects of a pneumonia clinical pathway on time to antibiotic treatment, length of stay, and mortality.

@article{Benenson1999EffectsOA,
  title={Effects of a pneumonia clinical pathway on time to antibiotic treatment, length of stay, and mortality.},
  author={Ronald S Benenson and Anthony Magalski and Sally H Cavanaugh and Eric P Williams},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={6 12},
  pages={1243-8}
}
OBJECTIVES A clinical pathway standardizing management for patients with an admission diagnosis of pneumonia was initiated after a previous study found delayed time to initial antibiotic administration, a longer length of stay, and higher mortality rate for the authors' patients as compared with those in a "benchmark" hospital. The current study was undertaken to determine whether implementation of the clinical pathway resulted in statistically significant decreases for these measures, both in… CONTINUE READING

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