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CURB-65 severity score for pneumonia

CURB-65 severity score

CURB-65, also known as the CURB criteria, is a clinical prediction rule that has been validated for predicting mortality in community-acquired pneumonia and infection of any site.

Method: Score 1 point for each of the following features that are present:

  1. Confusion (mental test score ≤8 new disorientation in person, place or time)
  2. BUN > 20 mg/dL
  3. Respiratory rate ≥30 breaths/min
  4. Blood pressure (systolic <90 mm Hg, or diastolic ≤60 mm Hg)
  5. Age ≥65 years

Interpretation of CURB-65 score:

0-1: Probably suitable for home treatment; low risk of death

2: Consider hospital supervised treatment

≥3: Manage in hospital as severe pneumonia; high risk of death

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