1. Distinguish between common cold symptoms and CAP. Identify CAP patients as low- or high-risk and quickly select the appropriate treatment.
2. Expedite the triage of flu patients in order to minimize exposures throughout the community.
3. Differentiate the symptoms of common cold from flu and prescribe treatments appropriately, with resistance in mind.
4. Evaluate underlying conditions that might require flu patients to be hospitalized.
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Preston J. Fedor, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Fellow in Governmental Emergency Medical Security Services; University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas
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