This short course covers causes, symptoms and treatments of pneumonia - a leading cause of death for the elderly, children and immunocompromised patients.
Pneumonia is a substantial healthcare concern and is caused by a variety of microorganisms, (including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) but, it is most commonly a result of bacterial or viral infection. In critical care, the key distinctions in assessing and managing a patient with pneumonia relate to the specific aetiology or causative organism. Early recognition of pneumonia and timely administration of antibiotic therapy are key aspects for patient management.
This short course can also be found in the more comprehensive CPD Course Respiratory Alterations And Management.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Identify the aetiology and risk factors of Pneumonia.
- Discuss the pathophysiology of Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia.
- Evaluate the clinical presentation and identify methodologies for the prevention of Pneumonia.
- Outline strategies for management and treatment of Pneumonia.