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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 11, Suppl D, Pages 22D-26D
Care Pathways

Care Plan for Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Thomas Marrie and The Community-Acquired Pneumonia Outpatient Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy Working Group

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, 2F1.30 Walter C Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, 8440 112th Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2B7, Canada

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This paper presents a critical pathway for the treatment of pneumonia that has been shown to be effective in a randomized clinical trial. The pathway uses a pneumonia-specific severity of illness score to guide the admission decision. Early administration of antibiotics (within 8 h of arrival at the emergency room) is stressed.