Rapidly managing pneumonia in older people during a pandemic

Rapidly managing pneumonia in older people during a pandemic

This summary document on the management of pneumonia by the Oxford Evidence-based Medicine service information posted here at the link below. It was extracted March 18, 2020.


Rationale The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the risk faced by older adults, who are more susceptible to complications, including acute respiratory distress syndrome, usually as a result of pneumonia. Comorbidities, impaired immunity and frailty, including a reduced ability to cough and to clear secretions from the lungs, can all contribute to this complication. Older people are therefore more likely to develop severe pneumonia, suffer from respiratory failure, and die. Viruses are thought to cause about 50% of cases of pneumonia. Viral pneumonia is generally less severe than bacterial pneumonia but can act as a precursor to it. Preventing any pneumonia in older adults is preferable to treating it....

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