Articles in "pneumonia"

Blood Cultures are Not Recommended for Most Non-Severe Cases of UTI, Cellulitis, or Pneumonia

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Blood cultures rarely change empiric antibiotic management and can lead to unnecessary increased costs and length of stays for patients admitted for non-severe cases of urinary tract infections, community-acquired pneumonias and cellulitis

Antimicrobial Stewardship Recommends Shorter Duration of Antibiotics for Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Many physicians prescribe antibiotics for a much longer duration than guideline recommendations to treat community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP).

MRSA antibiotics are overprescribed in patients hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Empiric antibiotics that cover methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) are overprescribed for adults admitted to the hospital for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

Best practice for Treatment of Patients Hospitalized for Community-Acquired Pneumonia

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Early administration of antibiotics within 8 hours and use of objective criteria to transition from intravenous to oral therapy when patients reach clinical stability is best practice for patients hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

Serum Procalcitonin Can Help to Differentiate CHF from Pneumonia in ED Patients Complaining of Dyspnea

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Two studies suggest that a serum procalcitonin level of 0.10-ng/mL or higher suggests pneumonia over heart failure as the cause of acute dyspnea in ED patients requiring hospitalization.

Steroids are beneficial for hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Steroids appear to decrease mortality, need for mechanical ventilation, ARDS, and hospital length of stay for patients admitted for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).