Initiative Cuts Overuse of Tests, Treatments for Bronchiolitis

Reductions in ordering of chest radiographs, respiratory viral testing, bronchodilators
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Nursing, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Journal, Source Type: news

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Despite recommendations against radiography for suspected bronchiolitis, patients continued to receive unnecessary imaging, a study found.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news
This epidemiology study uses National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data to characterize trends in use of radiography to diagnose bronchiolitis in children younger than 24 months evaluated in emergency departments between 2007 and 2015.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
By  SAURABH JHA After Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted for manslaughter for delayed diagnosis of fatal sepsis in Jack Adcock, a six-year-old boy who presented to Leicester Royal Infirmary with diarrhea and vomiting, she was referred to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT). The General Medical Council (GMC) is the professional regulatory body for physicians. But the MPT determines whether a physician is fit to practice. Though the tribunal is nested within the GMC and therefore within an earshot of its opinions, it is a decision-making body which is theoretically independent of the GMC. The tribunal met in 2017...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: NHS #BawaGarba @roguerad Source Type: blogs
ConclusionMeasles may produce bronchiolitis and pneumonia. In the cases in which involvement of pulmonary parenchyma is not sufficient to result in radiological abnormalities, CT used with a dedicated postprocessing software package, provides an accurate lungs and airways analysis, also determining the percentage of lung involvement.
Source: La Radiologia Medica - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
Discussion Normal kidneys regulate water balance to maintain a plasma osmolality of 275-290 mOsm/kg normally. Thirst and arginine vasopressin or antidiuretic hormone (ADH) are the primary regulators of plasma osmolality. ADH is made in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary gland. ADH acts on the kidney’s distal collecting duct to increase water reabsorption. ADH is appropriately released in hypovolemic states, such as dehydration caused by gastroenteritis. ADH has an ~10 minute half-life and therefore can respond to rapid changes in volume status. Sodium balance is regulated by aldosterone (as part...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
GJ, Ramírez-Orellana M Abstract The CD64 receptor has been described as a biomarker of bacterial infection. We speculated that CD64 surface expression on monocytes and granulocytes of children with severe acute bronchiolitis (SAB) could be altered in cases of probable bacterial infection (PBI) determined using classical biomarkers (procalcitonin and C-reactive protein, leukocyte count, and radiographic findings). A prospective observational pilot study was conducted from October 2015 to February 2016 in children admitted for pediatric critical care. A blood sample was taken in the first 24 hours of adm...
Source: Journal of Leukocyte Biology - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: J Leukoc Biol Source Type: research
Bronchiolitis is one of the most common infectious diseases in children and the most frequent cause of hospitalization in infants. Clinical practice guidelines recommend that a chest X-ray (CXR) should not be routinely obtained in the diagnosis of bronchiolitis, as studies have shown that they do not affect clinical outcomes, but rather lead to overuse of pharmacological agents and a longer length of hospital stay.
Source: Respiratory Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Trial Paper Source Type: research
Discussion Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane receptor (CFTR). It is found in the epithelium of the bronchi, intestine, pancreatic duct and biliary tree. It regulates chloride, bicarbonate and water secretion. The heterozygous state helps prevent against secretory diarrhea, but the homozygous state causes thickened secretions in the hollow tubes of the lungs and digestive tract. There are multiple mutations (> 2000) which have been currently classified into classes depending on their protein production and activity. CF patients generally are l...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: This is the first study to evaluate the use of LU in infants needing PICU admission for severe acute bronchiolitis. The LU score does not correlate with LOV, mWCAS, LOS, or length of stay, but the number of pathological intercostal spaces on the right side correlates significantly with LOS. Although LU scores have been validated for the newborn and the adult, this has been in the setting of restrictive lung diseases. Bronchiolitis is a predominantly obstructive lung disease and this may explain the lack of performance observed. PMID: 29248322 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Archives de Pediatrie - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Arch Pediatr Source Type: research
Conclusion: All patients presented with respiratory symptoms. The hyperlucent zones were only on the left lung, with bronchiectasis and obstructive ventilatory defect in the 3 cases. Two patients reported respiratory infections in childhood. All these features have been described in the literature.Although there are no recommendations regarding the follow-up of this entity, since some severe complications have been reported (eg pulmonary hypertension) monitoring may be necessary.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Problems Others Source Type: research
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