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Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) Goals

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UCLA Medical Center is participating in a project to improve the quality of care for ADULT patients admitted with Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP). The purpose of the project is to administer care according to evidence-based practices.

PLEASE USE THE STANDARDIZED CAP ORDER SETS now available in the Emergency Department and 4th and 5th floors. If you are using a different order set, you can use the SECOND PAGE of the order set in lieu of the AOF (Antibiotic Order Form). This page also includes vaccination orders.

Specifically, the goals are:

Patients with diagnosis of COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED pneumonia on admission will have:

  • TWO SETS OF Blood cultures OBTAINED BEFORE antibiotics ARE ADMINISTERED
  • Antibiotic administration within 4 hours of admission (please complete admission orders ASAP, especially for direct admits to the floor)
  • Assessment of pneumococcal vaccine status and administration if appropriate (age 65 and over or high risk)
  • Assessment of influenza vaccine status and administration if appropriate (age 50 and over or high risk from Oct-Feb--flu season)
  • Oxygenation assessment
  • Antibiotic selection per recommended protocol (specified on order set)
  • Patients will be assessed for smoking status and appropriate candidates will receive cessation counseling

Thank you for your assistance with this important project.

Tom Rosenthal, M.D., Michael Keane, M.D., Michael Lazarus, M.D., Marshall Morgan, M.D., David Pegues, M.D., Myrt Yamamoto, R.N. and the CAP Team

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