Thursday, October 17, 2013

Paucis Verbis: Pneumonia risk stratification tools


Pneumonia is a common cause for ED visits. How do you decide on whether the patient can be managed as an outpatient or inpatient? To supplement your clinical judgment, many clinicians use the Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI) score.

Have you heard of CURB-65, supported by the British Thoracic Society? What about SMART-COP, which is meant to help you predict if your patient will need Intensive Respiratory or Vasopressor Support (IRVS)?

It's worth a quick review.

Feel free to download this card and print on a 4'' x 6'' index card.


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