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Clin Chest Med. 2011 Sep;32(3):469-79. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2011.05.001. Epub 2011 Jul 12.

Defining severe pneumonia.

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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Samuel.Brown@imail.org

Abstract

Pneumonia is an important clinical and public health problem. Identification and prediction of severe pneumonia are significant concerns. Attempts to define severe pneumonia should recognize that different purposes are served by different definitions; no single definition meets all needs. At present, several prediction models have been proposed or validated. Biomarkers are not yet ready for routine use. The authors recommend careful consideration of the implications of any given definition of pneumonia severity. Outcome studies are needed to integrate human and health care system factors with the application of pneumonia severity definitions.

PMID:
21867816
PMCID:
PMC3163061
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccm.2011.05.001
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