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Table 2 HPs’ adherence to diagnostic tests regarding EBG criteria for patients with CAP

From: Gaps between current clinical practice and evidence-based guidelines for treatment and care of older patients with Community Acquired Pneumonia: a descriptive cross-sectional study

Diagnostic tests and tests for non-responding patientsPatients nExposed for test, n (%)
Diagnostic tests:
 Chest radiography3028 (93.3)
 Sputum test for culture and sensitivity2519 (76.0)a
 Chest examination (auscultation/percussion)3030 (100.0)
 Oxygen saturation3030 (100.0)
 Mini mental test3030 (100.0)
 Travel exposure anamnesis137 (53.8)b
Blood tests:
 Blood cultures3026 (86.7)
 Full blood count3030 (100.0)
 C-reactive protein3030 (100.0)
 Electrolytes3030 (100.0)
 Liver function3030 (100.0)
 Arterial blood gases2624 (92.3)c
 Appliance of CURB-65 score to assess disease severity305 (16.7)
 Non-responding to treatment ≤48 h288 (28.6)d
Tests for non-responding patients:
 L. pneumophila urine antigen test, LUT81 (12.5)
 Pneumococcal urine antigen test, PUT81 (12.5)
 Polymerase chain reaction test, PCR83 (37.5)
 Sputum test for culture and sensitivity81 (12.5)
 C-reactive protein and white cell count88 (100.0)
 Chest radiography87 (87.5)
 Blood cultures87 (87.5)
  1. aAdjusted for patients with sputum
  2. bAdjusted for patients not able to travel
  3. cAdjusted for patients with SpO2 < 92%, RF > 20 or dyspnoea
  4. dAdjusted for patients who were discharged ≤24 h of admission