Pneumonia
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Pneumonia occurs when a lung infection, that may be caused by a bacteria or an infection causes difficulty in breathing, coughing and fatigue.

Pneumonia symptoms include:
  • fever
  • chest pain
  • cough
  • headaches
  • muscle aches

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine - During flu season (September – March) it is very important that patients who have had pneumonia get the flu vaccine so that they do not get the flu virus. Because the pneumonia may have made you very tired and weak, getting a virus infection on top can make you very sick. We encourage all our pneumonia patients to get the flu vaccine during flu season, and if you haven’t gotten from your doctor or neighborhood pharmacy, we can provide for you.

Initial antibiotics administered within first 24 hours consistent with guidelines for ICU and non-ICU Pneumonia patients - Depending on how sick you are and where you may have gotten your infection (if previously in hospital in recent past, or from home), there are appropriate antibiotics that we will start for you to cover the bacteria we highly suspect for the infection you may have.

Initial antibiotics received within 6 hours from arrival - The faster we get antibiotics started the better the outcome for the patient. After all the testing is complete and we are sure you have pneumonia, we want to get antibiotics started ASAP, preferably within 6 hours of your coming to the hospital. Antibiotics are not started sooner, because we need to do all the tests to make sure we select the right antibiotic for your infection.

Smoking Cessation - Smoking is harmful to you because it does damage to your lungs, heart, and blood vessels. It is a risk to you because fat and plaque stick to the arteries' walls so blood cannot travel through them easily. This leads to an increase risk of blood clotting, a higher heart rate, and high blood pressure. If you stop smoking, it will help to decrease the chance of heart attack and stroke in many patients.

Blood culture drawn before first dose of antibiotics - It is important that we get a sample of your blood to find out what type of bacteria is causing your infection. Getting a blood sample before an antibiotic is given is important so that we can make sure the antibiotic hasn’t started “killing” the bacteria. An accurate blood sample helps us figure out what the best antibiotic is.

Blood culture within 24 hours of arrival for patients transferred or admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - It is important that we get a sample of your blood to find out what type of bacteria is causing your infection. Getting a blood sample before an antibiotic is given is important so that we can make sure the antibiotic hasn’t started “killing” the bacteria. An accurate blood sample helps us figure out what the best antibiotic is.

Pneumococcal Vaccine - The pneumonia vaccine is highly recommended in all patients who have had pneumonia. The vaccine helps your body build immunity, so that it can help prevent you from getting pneumonia again. You only need to get the vaccine once before the age of 50, and then another shot after the age of 50. We encourage all our pneumonia patients to get the pneumococcal vaccine, and if you haven’t gotten from your doctor we can provide for you