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Drugs Aging. 2017 Jan;34(1):13-20. doi: 10.1007/s40266-016-0423-9.

How Antibiotics Should be Prescribed to Hospitalized Elderly Patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, 501 E. Broadway, Suite 140 B, Louisville, KY, 40202, USA.


Elderly patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) should be administered antimicrobials in the emergency department prior to transfer to the ward or intensive care unit (ICU). For ward patients, a β-lactam with a macrolide or a respiratory fluoroquinolone alone should be given to cover typical and atypical pathogens. For ICU patients, a β-lactam with either a macrolide or a fluoroquinolone should be given. Other regimens are indicated if methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a concern. Patients who are hemodynamically stable and can tolerate oral intake can be considered for switch therapy as well as discharge if other co-morbidities are stable and a safe disposition plan exists. A number of special concerns for the elderly include noting adverse effects from antimicrobials, being watchful of comorbidity exacerbations, and vaccinating for pneumococcus and influenza.

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