Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP)
Moderately to Severely Ill

Moderately to Severely Ill


CXR (2 views)

CBC w/ differential


Blood culture

RVP if viral etiology suspected. May reduce overuse of abx.

Pertussis PCR if not completely vaccinated or clinically suspected.

Sputum culture if ≥ 5 years


  • Increased WOB (grunting, retracting, tachypnea)
  • Hypoxia (< 90% SpO₂ on room air)
  • Concern for respiratory failure
  • Sepsis
  • Altered mental status