SESSION TITLE: Pneumonia Diagnosis and Outcomes
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Slide
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 02:45 PM - 04:15 PM
PURPOSE: Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in children. A recent large study described the microbiology with findings consistent with current pediatric CAP treatment guidelines (viral pathogens in 2/3 of patients and bacteria in only 15%) . There are limited data about the etiologies in severe CAP, something this study did not adequately address. Due to inconsistencies between our experience and existing data, we evaluated the etiology of CAP in our PICU with the hypothesis that application of non-ICU data and guidelines were not appropriate and could result in incorrect antibiotic selection in critically ill children with CAP.