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These guidelines do not establish a standard of care to be followed in every case. It is recognized that each case is different and those individuals involved in providing health care are expected to use their judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the patient based on the circumstances existing at the time. It is impossible to anticipate all possible situations that may exist and to prepare guidelines for each. Accordingly, these guidelines should guide care with the understanding that departures from them may be required at times.

Objective of the Guideline

The objective of the Community Acquired Pneumonia Clinical Pathway is to provide standards of care for patients presenting with community acquired pneumonia (CAP). The aim of this pathway is to minimize variation of care through guidance for evaluation and treatment for complicated and uncomplicated CAP.

Target Users

Physicians (Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Ambulatory, Fellows, Residents); Nurse Practitioners; Nurses

Clinical Questions Answered by Guideline

In pediatric patients with uncomplicated community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), is three days of antibiotic treatment noninferior to a longer duration for clinical cure?


Community Acquired Pneumonia; Community-Acquired Infections; Antibiotic Administration




Finalized Oct 2018; Revised March 2020; Revised Feb 2024

Clinical Guidelines are updated on a revision schedule. Primary files will always be the most current update. Previous revisions are available upon request from Children’s Mercy Library Services.

Clinical Pathways promote evidence based, safe, and high-value care for patients by providing clinical recommendations and standard processes. They are developed by multidisciplinary committees of subject matter experts, informed by methodical review of available evidence and consensus among committee members.

Community-Acquired Pneumonia

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