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PNEUMONIA - COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED
Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) is an acute infection of the pulmonary parenchyma accompanied by symptoms of acute illness and abnormal chest findings.
It is a lower respiratory tract infection acquired in the community within 24 hours to <2 weeks or occurring ≤48 hours of hospital admission in patients who do not meet the criteria for healthcare-associated pneumonia.
It occurs at the highest rates in the very young and the very old.
Potentially life-threatening especially in older adults and those with comorbid disease.

Patient Education

  • Teach patient to monitor temperature and sputum production, recognize worsening signs and symptoms and the onset of complications
  • Remind patient to rest and drink plenty of fluids
  • Help patient understand and comply with medication regimen & diet
  • Instruct patient about the use and cleaning of home respiratory equipment (eg mini-nebulizer)
  • Encourage patient to be in a smoke-free environment or to quit smoking
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