Performance Improvement Committee Recommendations
1. Use the Pneumonia protocol.
2. Calculate the (Pneumonia Patient Outcomes Research Team - PORT) Score which is a part of the pneumonia protocol. Write it down in your admission H&P (for interns) and admission note (for residents). Base your clinical decisions regarding patient admission or transfer to the unit on the PORT score.
A PORT score calculator can be downloaded to your PDA (Palm and PocketPC) or used online. MDCalc offers another online version of the PORT calculator. Both are free.
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides the Pneumonia Severity Index (PORT) Calculator. It is based on a clinical algorithm produced in 1997 by the AHRQ-funded multidisciplinary research team called the Pneumonia Patient Outcomes Research Team ( PORT).
AHRQ PDA downloads
PDA downloads - AHRQ Pneumonia Severity Index (PORT score calculator)