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Community Management of lower respiratory tract infection in adults

AbstractThis guideline focuses on the following key questions in the management of LRTI : when should antibiotics be prescribed?; how can rates of reconsultation be reduced?; when should patients be referred to secondary care? It covers adults presenting to primary healthcare services or A&E departments with acute lower respiratory symptoms and/or signs which may be due to infection. This includes non-pneumonic LRTI, acute exacerbations of COPD, and pneumonia. It does not apply to patients with asthma, known lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, HIV infection, or other forms of significant immunocompromise. The guideline will be of interest to GP's, practice nurses, community and hospital pharmacists, staff in A&E departments, respiratory physicians and nurse specialists, infectious disease specialists, microbiologists and public health practitioners.
Date of publishing06/01/2002
Date of last review by us02/21/2008
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