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Pneumonia in adults: diagnosis and management

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Last updated:6th Jul 2022
Pneumonia in adults: diagnosis and management - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

This guideline was developed before the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers diagnosing and managing pneumonia in adults who do not have COVID-19. It aims to improve accurate assessment and diagnosis of pneumonia to help guide antibiotic prescribing and ensure that people receive the right treatment.

July 2022: We reinstated this guideline, which was temporarily withdrawn in May 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plan to update it. For more information see the surveillance decision.

For recommendations on managing suspected or confirmed pneumonia in adults with COVID-19, see NICE's guideline on managing COVID-19.

For recommendations on antibiotic treatment, see NICE's guidelines on pneumonia (community-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing and pneumonia (hospital-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing.

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