Tom:In addition to the 3 steps needed
for every antibiotic prescription,
2 more steps are needed
when prescribing for pneumonia.
First, make sure symptoms truly represent
pneumonia and not an alternate
Second, treat for the recommended length of time,
and make sure that planned post-discharge
treatment takes into account the antibiotics
that were given to the patient
when they were in the hospital.
Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention