The “Point prevalence survey of healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals” protocol adopts the following definition of Pneumonia (PN).
definition of pneumonia (PN) is based on three types of criteria: radiological, clinical and microbiological.
two or more serial chest x-rays or CT-scans with a suggestive image of pneumonia for patients with underlying cardiac or pulmonary disease, and at least one of the following (in patients without underlying cardiac or pulmonary disease one definitive chest x-ray or CT-scan is sufficient).
and at least one of the following (or at least two if clinical pneumonia only = PN 4 and PN 5):
according to the used diagnostic method:
a) bacteriologic diagnostic test performed by:
b) Alternative microbiology methods (PN 3):
PN 1 and PN 2 criteria were validated without previous antimicrobial therapy.
Link to European IC/HH Core Competencies
Area 3. Surveillance and investigation of healthcare associated infection (HAI)