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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Urgent Care

Advisor

Dr. Tom Coletti

Abstract

Pneumonia is defined as an infection of the parenchymal tissue of the lungs that can be caused by multiple different pathogens. Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is pneumonia contracted outside of a hospital system. The most common bacterial cause of CAP is Streptococcus pneumoniae. There are however many other bacteria and viruses that can cause CAP. This article will discuss the updated diagnosis and management guidelines of CAP in the urgent care setting, including risk stratification and when to transfer the patient for inpatient care.

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