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Using the BTS CAP audit to evaluate local data
  1. B Singh1,
  2. D G Wootton1,
  3. J Brown2,
  4. B Chakrabarti2,
  5. R P D Cooke3,
  6. S B Gordon4 on behalf of the University Hospital Aintree Pneumonia Group
  1. 1Respiratory Research, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2Department of Thoracic Medicine, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3Department of Microbiology, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
  4. 4Respiratory Infection, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Biswajit Chakrabarti, Thoracic Medicine, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool L9 7AL, UK; biswajit.chakrabarti{at}

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We read Dr Lim and Dr Woodhead's update on the British Thoracic Society (BTS) 2009/2010 community acquired pneumonia (CAP) audit with interest and noted the high inpatient mortality rate of 18.3%.1 As a contributing site, we received a useful summary of our data in comparison with the national data and local mortality rates for severe CAP (CURB65 3-5) were 21.4% versus 42.6% nationally. This provoked an examination of local severe CAP admissions between December 2009 and May …

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