ADVICE, P.R.N.: Walking out with pneumonia

May 2005 
Volume 35  Number 5
Pages 14 - 14
  PDF Version Available!


  • Source

  • Graphics

  • Figure. No caption a...

  • In the medical/surgical unit where I work as case manager, we never seem to have enough beds. To make room for new admissions, we're always looking for patients to discharge, and patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are usually the first to go. I'm worried that we sometimes discharge them too soon. Are any guidelines available for determining when a patient with CAP is ready for discharge? —P.R., N.Y.

    In 2003 the Infectious Diseases Society of America updated its practice guidelines for treating CAP in adults who aren't immunocompromised. These guidelines recommend a combination of physical assessment findings and clinical judgment to determine if a patient is hemodynamically stable and ready for discharge.

    As a rule, a patient with CAP should meet the following criteria for 24 hours before discharge.

    * temperature, 100° ...

    Purchase Now !

    To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

    Not a member? Join now for Free!

    1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

    User name:


    Forgot your user name or password?
    2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
    here.(If not, just click Continue.

    Digital Coupon: (optional)

    3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
    you'll enter your payment details.

    Featured Jobs

    Benefits of Membership

    FREE E-Newsletters
    Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues

    Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
    Register Now

    Explore a world of online resources

    Become a Member