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Editors: Michael C. Bond, MD FAAEM; Jay Khadpe, MD FAAEM
Originally Published: Common Sense March/April 2015
Patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are frequently seen in the emergency department (ED). According to the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), pneumonia is the third most common principal ED discharge diagnosis in the United States. In this literature update, we examine: use of point-of-care ultrasound to diagnose pneumonia, obtaining routine blood cultures, risk factors for multi-drug resistant organisms and the efficacy of antibiotic monotherapy versus combination therapy in moderately severe pneumonia.