Management of CAP using a validated risk score

Richeldi, L.; De Guglielmo, M.; Fabbri, L. M.; Giovanardi, D.; Marchetti, F.; Larosa, M.; Solfrini, V.; Altini, M.
February 2005
Thorax;Feb2005, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p172
Academic Journal
The article presents information about the management of patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is characterized by considerable variation in admission rates, length of hospital stay, and use of institutional resources in different settings. The Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI) is a prediction rule for the short term risk of death in patients with CAP, improving the efficiency of patient care. A retrospective analysis of the PSI scores of these patients showed that 37% of them were in low risk classes. One hundred and seventeen adult patients diagnosed in the emergency department with CAP participated in the study and were managed using a computer based score with dedicated software for PSI calculation and data collection.


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