The Pneumonias pp 313-319 | Cite as

Discharge Strategies for the Patient with Pneumonia

  • Robert D. Brandstetter
  • Andrew Pugliese


Pneumonia is a significant cause of morbidity and death in the United States, affecting more than 3 million people each year and necessitating the hospitalization of more than 500,000 annually.1 Although most patients with pneumonia are not admitted to hospital, those who are have a mortality rate of 10–25%.2 Accordingly, the decision to admit patients with pneumonia is predicated on the fact that they are more ill and likely to have complications of their disease. Furthermore, they represent a group of patients who probably have coexisting chronic disease.


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  • Robert D. Brandstetter
  • Andrew Pugliese

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