Clinical prognostic indices of fatality in elderly patients admitted to hospital with acute pneumonia
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Authors: Starczewski, A.R., Allen, S.C., Vargas, E. and Lye, M.
Journal: Age and Ageing
Acute pneumonia in the elderly is a common and serious condition. The importance of key clinical features and physical signs presenting to the junior hospital doctor was prospectively assessed in 100 consecutive patients admitted acutely to two hospitals. The most significant finding is that elderly patients with pneumonia who are found to be acutely confused at the time of presentation or who gave a previous history of chronic brain failure are much more likely to die than others. Thus such patients should be assessed with particular attention to the early diagnosis and vigorous treatment of pneumonia.