Vital-sign abnormalities as predictors of pneumonia in adults with acute cough illness.

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PURPOSE This study examines the strength of the association between vital-sign abnormalities, advanced age, and the diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in the evaluation of adults with acute cough illness. METHODS A random sample of adult visits for acute cough to 15 EDs during the winter period of 2 consecutive years (2003-2005) was selected… (More)

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