2019 IDSA Guidelines for Community Acquired Pneumonia in Adults: To HCAP, we just say fare thee well
by Jon-Emile S. Kenny
New guidelines from the American Thoracic Society/Infectious Disease Society of America
The last American Thoracic Society/Infectious Disease Society of America [ATS/IDSA] guidelines on ; it seems hard to remember the world at that time – free from the tweeting of medical information, free from the tweeting of world leaders. Is 2019 better for everyone? Worse? For some?
The reserves a more pragmatic approach than its screed-like predecessor – clearly defining 16 high-yield clinical questions and answering them under the direction of the PICO framework. Critically, the current recommendations make clear that:
Accordingly, and as mentioned in the , guidelines remain . They are not sacrosanct; they needn’t be followed without falter in all patients, always; clinical judgement and individual patient characteristics are also guiding principles. In my humble opinion, the only deontological imperative is that you are and the current IDSA CAP guidelines are an excellent fund of rational, practical information.