Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Empiric antibiotic prescribing for patients with community-acquired pneumonia: where can we improve?

Buy Article:

$47.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract Background: 

Community acquired pneumonia is one of the most common infections for which antibiotics are prescribed in Australia. Methods: 

We audited empiric antibiotic prescribing for 392 adults with community-acquired pneumonia. Results: 

Only 61.9% of patients received empiric antibiotic coverage for both typical and atypical pathogens. Of those who required intensive care unit management, 34.6% did not receive antibiotic cover for atypical pneumonia pathogens within the first 24 h. Approximately 21.9% of patients reporting antibiotic allergies were given antibiotics to which they had a documented allergy. Conclusion: 

Efforts to improve prescribing practices could be focused towards identifying patients with severe illness early and improving recognition of documented allergies.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: adult; antibiotics; community-acquired pneumonia

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Victorian Infectious Diseases Service 2: Emergency Department, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Publication date: 01 March 2008

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more