Clinical assessment and management of children with bronchiolitis
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Clinical assessment and management of children with bronchiolitis

Rhian Stevens Lecturer in nursing (child field and international), School of Nursing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England
Lucille Kelsall-Knight Lecturer in children’s nursing, School of Nursing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To refresh your knowledge of the clinical assessment and management of children with the common seasonal viral illness bronchiolitis

  • To be aware of updated National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommendations on when to refer, admit and discharge children with bronchiolitis

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Bronchiolitis is a common seasonal viral illness in babies and children aged under two years. Its significance has increased in the light of a predicted surge in respiratory illness in children this winter and the continuing effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on parental anxiety and cross-infection. Children’s nurses will have a central role in delivering high-quality care and support to children and families during this time. To support children’s nurses to prepare for a surge, this article summarises the pathophysiology of bronchiolitis, risk factors, transmission, diagnosis and clinical management of children with the illness, including recent national policy changes. It also considers the potential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare system, children and families.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1430

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

r.stevens.1@bham.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Stevens R, Kelsall-Knight L (2022) Clinical assessment and management of children with bronchiolitis. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1430

Published online: 24 January 2022

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