Severity assessment

May 2002
Thorax;May2002 Supplement 1, Vol. 57, pi13
Academic Journal
This article discusses about the severity assessment of community acquired pneumonia (CAP). Children with CAP may present with fever, tachypnoea, breathlessness, difficulty in breathing, cough, wheeze, headache, abdominal pain, or chest pain and the severity of the condition can range from mild to life threatening. Infants and children with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms can be managed safely at home. Those with signs of severe disease should be admitted to hospital. Hypoxaemia is a key indication for admission to hospital. Transfer to intensive care should be considered when there is a rising respiratory rate and rising pulse rate with clinical evidence of severe respiratory distress and exhaustion and when there is recurrent apnoea or slow irregular breathing.


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