Severity scales in community-acquired pneumonia: what matters apart from death?
- Correspondence to Kirsty Challen, Specialty Registrar in Emergency Medicine, North West Deanery, MRC PhD student in Health Services Research, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Road, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK;
- Accepted 24 November 2010
- Published Online First 21 December 2010
Chalmers et al1 and Loke et al2 present excellent meta-analyses of the value of various tools in predicting mortality from community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). There is a continuing fallacious belief, however, that only patients at high risk of death are at high risk of complications. Of the 47 …