MEMC VI Abstracts| Volume 41, ISSUE 2, P210-211, August 2011

Fast and Adequate Determination of Severity of Pneumonia in the Emergency Department: Alternatives to the PSI

      The Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI) is commonly used to determine the severity of pneumonia in the Emergency Department (ED). PSI is a validated scoring system; however, it requires assessment of multiple variables and arterial blood gas. Other scoring systems are: CURB65 (Confusion, Urea, Respiratory rate, Blood pressure and age) and REMS (Rapid Emergency Medical Score). The aim of this study was to determine these scores in patients reporting to the ED with suspected pneumonia, in correlation with PSI.
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