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Am Fam Physician. 2006;74(6):921

to the editor: In the article, “Diagnosis and Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia,”1 the discussion of outpatient versus inpatient treatment did not list the absolute contraindications to outpatient treatment. These contraindications include: hypoxemia (oxygen saturation less than 90 percent while patient is breathing room air), hemodynamic instability, active coexisting condition requiring hospitalization, and inability to tolerate oral medications.2 When applying a clinical decision rule to an individual patient, it is imperative to recognize exclusion criteria to avoid misapplication of the rule.

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