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Bronchiolitis: Recognise and Assess

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Broncholitiotis is a viral lower respiratory tract infection common in children, generally affecting infants under 12 months of age. The infection causes inflammation and mucus build-up in the bronchioles (small airways) in the lungs. The most common cause is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

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<p>This article is intended to be read in conjunction with ‘Paediatric Respiratory Assessment’ Starship Hospital’s Clinical Guidelines define bronchiolitis as ‘A viral lower respiratory infection which affects children, usually under 12 months of age, with younger infants often more severely affected’ The literal translation of bronchiolitis is ‘ inflammation of the bronchioles’. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the most common causes of bronchiolitis, though other respiratory virus’s, such as parainfluenza and adenovirus, can also lead to the infection. It is the most common reason for children under twelve months to be admitted to hospital and is a leading </p>

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Abbie is a Nurse Practitioner currently working in a Specialist Allergy Clinic in Brisbane. She has been a paediatric nurse for over 20 years originally working in the UK before moving to Australia with her young family 8 years ago. Abbie has a diverse career working with some of the most vulnerable patients. She has worked in paediatric oncology , emergency and general paediatrics. She has worked for NGO's in the fields of child protection and parental support as well as currently working with re- settled refugees. Abbie is a passionate nursing advocate and has just started the new challenge of blogging.
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Rhiann Mattinson
01 Jul 2020
Really informative article
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07 May 2022
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Concise and informative.
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Pamela Boyd
27 Aug 2020
Very Good, concise with valuable information, well done, thank you.
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Trudy Munday
05 Apr 2020
This article pinpoints what to look out for, the problems that can occur and the treatment of the babies.
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Victoria King
30 Jul 2021
useful
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Rachael Harnischfeger
04 Feb 2021
A good basic outline of bronchiolitis. Would recommend to others.
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Julia Butler
24 May 2020
Informative
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Bronwyn Landy
05 Nov 2020
Good resource would like to see a longer one
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