providers take certain steps for patients being treated for pneumonia. These steps have been shown to produce the best recovery and
reduce readmissions to the hospital.
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Patients who are diagnosed with pneumonia should
- Have a blood culture performed within 24 hours prior to or 24 hours after their arrival in the Critical Care Unit
- Have a blood culture taken before receiving antibiotics, if antibiotics are given in a hospital emergency department
- Receive antibiotics that are consistent with their severity of illness and the area of the hospital they are admitted to