Bronchiolitis: Recognise and Assess

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Bronchiolitis is the most common cause of hospital admission in infants younger than six months. In fact, in Australia, about 13,500 children are admitted to hospital every year due to bronchiolitis. Furthermore, almost every child will experience an infection from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) (the primary cause of bronchiolitis) by the age of two.

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Bronchiolitis is a viral lower respiratory infection in infants characterised by inflammation and an accumulation of mucus in the bronchioles in the lungs. This causes the bronchioles to narrow, and consequently, results in mild to moderate respiratory distress.


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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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Dawn burke
25 Jul 2022
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A clear and concise description of brochiolitis and treatments required.
Madeline Holt
03 May 2020
Effective and minimal time to learn
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20 Jul 2022
Corrine Price
16 Jun 2022
Very helpful
Hong Fung
23 Jun 2022
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Good resource
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Eileen Roessler
28 Apr 2023
Registered Nurse
Having had a granddaughter suffer this , I know how distressing it can be for all the family, and how quickly it evolves.
Rhiann Mattinson
01 Jul 2020
Really informative article
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