Danish test helps in less antibiotic treatment for pneumonia

A study of patients with pneumonia hospitalized in Denmark found similar results between short-term and long-term antibiotic treatment

Researchers at Copenhagen College Hospital between November 2017 and February 2019 prospectively adopted patients admitted to four hospitals with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) for the study

These included patients who achieved medical stability within three days of treatment

These are treated with 4 to 7 days of treatment (quick course) and 8 to 14 days of antibiotic treatment (long duration) prescribed by the treating physician.

The study team consisted of 1,151 patients with an equal distribution of women and men with a mean age of 74 years.

The median duration of treatment was 6 days in the accelerated course group and 9 days in the long course group.

The deposit-treatment 30-day mortality rate was 3.36% (11/327) within the accelerated course group and 3.40% (28/824) within the long course group (adjusted odds ratio).

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