Are the Australian guidelines asking too much of the Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI)?

Kirsty L Buising, Karin A Thursky, James F Black and Graham V Brown
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06040.x
Published online: 3 May 2004

Kirsty L Buising,* Karin A Thursky, James F Black, Graham V Brown§

  • Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street, Parkville, VIC 3050.


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