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Study Analyzes Relationship Between Suctioning, Length of Stay in Infants with Bronchiolitis

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Study Analyzes Relationship Between Suctioning, Length of Stay in Infants with Bronchiolitis

 

A study by Grant M. Mussman, M.D., and colleagues at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, suggests that the use of deep suctioning in the first 24 hours after admission and lapses greater than four hours between suctioning events were associated with longer length of stay (LOS) in pediatric patients who were admitted with the lung infection bronchiolitis (Online First).

 

Researchers used data from electronic health records for 740 patients (ages 2 to 12 months) who were hospitalized with bronchiolitis from January 2010 through April 2011.

 

“First, we found a significant association between increased LOS and percentage use of deep suctioning during the first 24 hours of admission, with an average difference of 0.6 days between groups with low and high exposure,” the study notes. “We believe the difference in geometric mean of up to 1.0 day between patients with no suctioning lapses and those with three or four lapses is clinically meaningful.”

(JAMA Pediatr. Published online March 4, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.36. Available pre-embargo to the media at http://media.jamanetwork.com.)

 

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