A Case Study of Pediatric Pneumonia With Empyema

Vanessa B. Waldrep, Elizabeth Sloand

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This case study provides a discussion of the diagnosis, management and comprehensive plan of care for empyema in children for the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) working in primary care. The incidence of complicated pneumonias including those progressing to empyema is on the rise among pediatric patients. The ambiguous signs and symptoms of complicated pneumonias create a challenge for the provider when developing an accurate diagnosis and plan of care. Pediatric nurse practitioners must be cognizant of the increased incidence of complicated pneumonias and manage their patients accordingly. If left untreated, empyema may result in severe pulmonary complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Complicated pneumonia
  • Empyema
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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