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Reduced oxygen saturation is not linked to repeat hospital visits in infant bronchiolitis

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1260 (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1260
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

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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