Bronchiolitis Guidelines Tied to Fewer X-rays, Same Outcomes

Using bronchiolitis clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) was linked to reduced use of chest X-rays (CXRs), bronchodilators, steroids, and length of stay (LOS) in hospitalized children without affecting 7-day all-cause readmissions.

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Using bronchiolitis clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) was linked to reduced use of chest X-rays (CXRs), bronchodilators, steroids, and length of stay (LOS) in hospitalized children without affecting 7-day all-cause readmissions, according to a study published online February 17 in .

"Provider-dependent practice variation in children hospitalized with bronchiolitis is not uncommon," write Vineeta Mittal, MD, from the Department of Pediatrics, Children's Medical Center, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, and colleagues. "[CPGs] can streamline practice and reduce utilization however, CPG implementation is complex."

A multidisciplinary team developed CPGs for bronchiolitis management in children younger than 2 years, excluding those with comorbid conditions, intensive care unit admissions, and outside hospital transfers.

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Source: Medscape