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Care Transitions - Pneumonia Pt. 2

Jun 29, 2012

As we noted previously, pneumonia is the most common lethal bacterial infection in senior adults, with a 40 % mortality rate.  Recognizing symptoms of pneumonia is key to early and effective treatment.  Here’s what to look for:

  • Fever and chills
  • Lower than normal body temperature
  • Cough with sputum production
  • Chest or muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

Though more common in the winter and spring, pneumonia can occur year round, particularly in a medically compromised individual.  Furthermore, the flu, a cold or strep throat can frequently lead to the onset of pneumonia.  Because of this, some people often wait too long to see a physician.  When in doubt, go to see the doctor!

In our final post on pneumonia, we will provide tips for family or professional caregivers to consider to help keep a loved one from going back to the hospital after discharge.