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Nursing Management with Bronchiolitis

Updated on January 27, 2009



Is an inflammation of the bronchioles that causes a thick production of mucus that occludes bronchiole tubes and small bronchi.

  • Respiratory syncytial virus is a common cause of bronchiolitis.
  • Respiratory syncytial virus, although not airborne, is highly communicable is usually transferred by the hands.


  • Upper respiratory infection symptoms such as rhinorrhea and low-grade fever.
  • Lethargy, poor feeding, and irritability in infants
  • Tachypnea
  • increased difficulty in breathing
  • Nasal flaring and retractions
  • expiratory wheeze and grunt
  • diminished breath sounds


Inflammation; Thick respiratory secretions accumulate, plugging the bronchiolar lumen-The narrowing of the small airways-Trapping air in the alveoli-This trapped air causes lung hyperinflation and may lead to atelectasis.- Inadequate gas exchange results in hypoxemia and hypercapnia


  • maintain a patent airway
  • provide cool humidified oxygen.
  • position the child at a 30-to-40-degree angle with the neck slightly extended.
  • Encourage fluids


  • Isolate the child in a single room or place in a room with another child with RSV.
  • Maintain the good hand-washing procedures.
  • Ensure that the nurses caring for these children do not are for other high-risk children.
  • Wear gowns when soiling of clothing may occur during care.
  • Administer ribavirin ( Virazole), an anti-respiratory medication, if prescribed.
  • Prepare for the administration of respiratory syncytial virus immune globulin (RSV-IGIV or RespiGam or palivizumab [Synagis








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      Agnes Nkoli 19 months ago

      I am really inspired by this information as a student nurse in Lesotho,so my advice on this good job you are doing is,1)there should be the reason on the nursing management,e.g why as a nurse should encourage the patient to take more fluids,etc,i will appreciate the change on that,because so far so good about the information provided by this page,thank you very much

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      nice 7 years ago

      tnx 4 d data!

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      Cid Rusiana 7 years ago from Cebu.Philippines

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      gliez 7 years ago

      thanks for the helps me a lot.

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      Cid Rusiana 8 years ago from Cebu.Philippines


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      ghie 8 years ago

      Hi, thanks for the information about Bronchiolitis, it helps me a lot.. keep up the good work. This way yopu are helping many of us students.. Hope to get more post from you soon guys..

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      Cid Rusiana 8 years ago from Cebu.Philippines

      the case we present are really based on our studies in the clinical area. thanks for the comment..

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      donna 8 years ago

      tnx'z for the info! it helps...Ü

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      Cid Rusiana 8 years ago from Cebu.Philippines

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      Erik 8 years ago

      Just wana ask if the case is this kind of serios? it really reminds me of my uncle..thans lot