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Master of Arts in Nursing
The purpose of this critical appraisal is to determine if there is a significant difference between procalcitonin (PCT) guided treatment on antibiotic use and standard therapy in elderly patients (age 65 and older) with a suspected bacterial respiratory infection. The PICO question explored in this paper is: for elderly patients with a suspected bacterial infection, what effect does the result of a PCT test have on the determination of antibiotic use and outcome compared to patients treated empirically with antibiotics?
Jeffrey, Sarah. (2012). Use of Procalcitonin to Guide Antibiotic Treatment of Bacterial Respiratory Infection in Elderly. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/ma_nursing/66