Table 1

‚ÄÉReasons for exclusion of patients

ReasonsNumber of patients (%)
*Patients classified as having an immunocompromised state.
No infiltrate on chest radiograph113 (24)
No blood cultures61 (13)
Nursing home resident134 (29)
Recent admissions9 (2)
HIV*80 (17)
Neoplasia*39 (8)
Long term corticosteroid use*11 (2)
Other immunocompromised states*19 (4)
Total466 (100)