In California, where I practiced until 9/95, croup/mist tents were not used
for the past 10 years for bronchiolitis, and not even for croup, based on
evidence of non-effectiveness and mist possibly irritating the lungs. Oxygen
given with nasal prong or mask when indicated.
When I moved to PA, the peds here are still using mist tents for both croup &
bronchiolitis. I got very strange looks from RNs when I did not order a mist
tent for babies admitted to hospital with bronchiolitis or croup.
Does anyone on Pedtalk have any references on this? How are you treating
bronchiolitis in your institution?
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Linda L. Shaw MD, Altoona PA