Improving care for acute respiratory infections: better systems, not better microbiology.

  • Jeffrey Linder
  • Published 2007 in
    Clinical infectious diseases : an official…


Americans made 1.17 billion visits to ambulatory clinics and emergency departments in 2005. Acute respiratory infections (i.e., nonspecific upper respiratory infections, otitis media, sinusitis, phar-yngitis, bronchitis, influenza, and pneumonia) account for 11% of this total (130 million visits). This makes acute respiratory infections the most common… (More)