Published: 18 October 2021
Author(s): J. Vasco Barreto, Cláudia Camila Dias, Teresa Cardoso
Section: Original article

It is presumed that 70% of Community-Acquired Pneumonias (CAP) are caused by bacteria [1], but, in clinical practice, microbial etiology remains unknown in at least 60% of the cases [2]. One of the most important aspects of the treatment of bacterial pneumonia is antibiotic therapy. Precocity has such a decisive impact on prognosis that it is unacceptable to delay the initiation of antibiotics until microbiological results are available [1] [3] [4]. Therefore, virtually all the initial antibiotic regimens are empirical.

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