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Community-acquired Pneumonia Optimal Care

Pneumonia  is a serious lung infection that can be caused by bacteria or a virus. Symptoms include cough, fever and difficulty breathing. With proper treatment, the infection often clears up in two to three weeks. But older adults, babies and people with other diseases can become very ill if they get pneumonia and may need to go to the hospital for treatment.

You can get pneumonia in your daily life — at school or work. When that happens, it’s called community-acquired pneumonia. You can also get pneumonia while a patient in a hospital or nursing home. In that case, it's called hospital-based pneumonia. When someone with community-acquired pneumonia arrives at a hospital, it’s important that he or she receives the right treatment as soon as possible.

Click here to learn more about standards that hospitals work toward in the treatment of community-based pneumonia.