Clinical Edge

Summaries of Must-Read Clinical Literature, Guidelines, and FDA Actions

Patients With COPD at Heightened Risk for Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Key clinical point: Incidence of community-acquired pneumonia was 18 times higher among patients with COPD than among those without COPD.

Major finding: The annual incidence of hospitalized CAP was 9,369 cases per 100,000 COPD patients in Louisville, compared with 509 cases per 100,000 in non-COPD patients.

Study details: A prospective cohort population-based study of 18,246 Louisville, Ky., patients with COPD, with 3,419 documented pneumonia hospitalizations over 2 years.

Disclosures: The work was supported by the University of Louisville, Kentucky, with partial support from Pfizer. The authors reported having no conflicts.


Bordon JM et al. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2019 Jun 26. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2019.06.025.