Recommendation ID
In moderate- to high-severity community-acquired pneumonia does using legionella and pneumococcal urinary antigen testing in addition to other routine tests improve outcomes?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Current practice and evidence suggest that giving a combination of antibiotics to patients with moderate- to high-severity community-acquired pneumonia reduces mortality. However, no randomised controlled trial has looked at using urinary antigen testing to target treatment. If effective, such targeted treatment could improve antibiotic stewardship, increase compliance and potentially reduce costs.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Pneumonia in adults: diagnosis and management
Date issued
December 2014

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 06/01/2015