The approach to treating patients with pneumonia generally involves:
- Deciding who can be treated at home and who needs to be in the hospital
- Deciding whether a patient needs antibiotics, and which antibiotics are appropriate
- Providing appropriate supportive care
- Deciding what follow-up and preventive care are needed
Whether patients are treated at home or admitted to the hospital, receiving their first dose of antibiotics quickly improves the outcome of the illness and the speed at which...