Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Striving for Standards - RT593

Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Striving for Standards

by Margaret M. Ecklund, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN-K and Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP
(4.7 / 1317 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Respiratory Therapy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


The Joint Commission standards are no longer in effect and the topic of pneumonia is being rewritten and should be available in 2019. The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services partnered in 2004 to create core measures for disease management for community-acquired pneumonia. The measures create consistent evidence-based practice in institutions caring for CAP patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services measures hospitals' adherence to the core measures and publishes the results for key stakeholders, such as patients and insurers, to compare.

The CAP core measures provide a common set of measures for hospitals to use. The intent was to construct a system that would be easier and less costly for hospitals to follow. Core measures are integral to improving the care of inpatients and focus on the results of that care.


The goal of this continuing education program is for nurses, laboratory professionals, and respiratory therapists to review the core measures for inpatient management of community-acquired pneumonia. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define CAP
  • Identify the core measures of the inpatient with CAP
  • Discuss the plan of care related to the core measures for CAP

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, laboratory professionals, and respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This program has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. The course has been approved from 4/13/2015 to 4/13/2017 and 5/15/2017 to 5/15/2019.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.

Course Originally Released on: 1/30/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/27/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/15/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.

This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.


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Kevin S - the villages, FL  ·  Apr 22, 2019
This course was very informative and I would recommend it to my colleagues.
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Kimberly J - Valrico, FL  ·  Apr 14, 2019
I would agree that this is a good course
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David B - Lancaster, CA  ·  Apr 13, 2019
great class thank you
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Charles W - New Port Richey, FL  ·  Apr 13, 2019
Met my needs, and provided additional understanding of the VAP Protocol
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Kristina D - LAKELAND, FL  ·  Apr 13, 2019
good information and will use it in my job
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00