Pneumonia Symptoms, Signs and Treatment

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Pneumonia is an acute infection of the lungs that causes the alveoli in one or both lungs to fill with pus and fluids. When a person has pneumonia, breathing is painful and oxygen intake is limited. In 2017, over two million people died from pneumonia worldwide.

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In 2017, over two million people died from pneumonia worldwide. Respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia, remain a major concern to hospitals around the world, especially during the winter months when an influx of patients can put some hospitals into crisis mode. Pneumonia ranges in severity from a mild illness to life-threatening. Anyone can contract pneumonia, but babies, young children and older people are particularly susceptible to the dangers of this illness. Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death in children, with about 15% of deaths attributed to children under five. There are multiple types of pneumonia: one of the most common and life threatening-types is pneumococcal pneumonia.


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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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Deborah Ireland
16 Jan 2021
Comprehensive education on categories, causes, symptoms and treatment of pneumonia.
Timothy Wolf
17 Jan 2022
good information
Mee Norman
23 Sep 2020
A good refresher on the signs & symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, care & management of pneumonia, concise, clear & easy read.
Sarah Woodland
15 Jun 2021
Good little refresher
Sharyl Dwyer
12 Jan 2021
A timely review of respiratory illness that have the basics and nursing interventions. Well done.
Jackie Medwin
09 Jun 2021
It was brief but informative.
Siriwatra Forsyth
14 Feb 2021
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11 Jan 2021
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03 Dec 2020
This is a great read!
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