Reduced oxygen saturation is not linked to repeat hospital visits in infant bronchiolitisBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1260 (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1260
- Susan Mayor
Infants with bronchiolitis who have reduced oxygen saturation after discharge from emergency departments show comparable rates of repeat hospital visits to infants with higher oxygen saturation, in a prospective study that questions the value of monitoring desaturation in this situation.1
Pulse oximetry is sometimes used as a proxy for illness severity in bronchiolitis despite poor correlation between these parameters. Experts have been concerned that rising rates of hospital admissions among infants with bronchiolitis may be due to …
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