Community Acquired Pneumonia (Sub-Category)

Community-Acquired Pneumonia Education Module

Dr. Sandra Nelson BSP, ACPR, PharmD

Developed by:  Sandra Nelson, BSP ACPR PharmD with contributions from the CAHO ASP Project Team


  • Empiric antimicrobial treatment should include coverage for Streptococcus pneumoniae, Legionella species, and Haemophilus influenzae. Other organisms should be covered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Empiric treatment should be a 3rd generation cephalosporin plus a macrolide.  Patients with severe allergic reactions should receive a respiratory fluoroquinolone alone.
  • Treatment duration for uncomplicated CAP should not exceed seven days.

Full PDF Article:

Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Intensive Care Unit ARTIC Project: Community Acquired Pneumonia Education Module