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Care Transitions - Pneumonia Pt. 1

Jun 25, 2012

Pneumonia is an inflammation of one or both lungs, with dense areas of lung inflammation.  Diagnosis of pneumonia is confirmed by a review of symptoms, chest x-ray and sputum testing.  Typical treatment is via antibiotic.

Though pneumonia is usually caused by an infection, it can be bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic.  It is the most common lethal bacterial infection in senior adults, with a mortality rate of 40%.  Furthermore, the US national readmission rate for pneumonia is 18%.  Consequently, it is critical that family and professional caregivers are able to recognize the symptoms of pneumonia, encourage proper treatment by a healthcare professional, and understand how to effectively provide care when a loved one returns home from the hospital.

Stay tuned for our next blog as we chat about symptoms of pneumonia.