Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Halm and colleagues1
assessed the point of stabilization of clinical signs and symptoms of
pneumonia as patients recover. However, the critical issue is whether a
patient who is being treated for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)
needs to have full resolution of these signs of infection prior to
changing to oral antibiotic therapy. To my knowledge, no study has
proven that intravenous (IV) therapy is critical to patients'
recovery from pneumonia if patients are able to take oral medications.
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