The acute management of wheezy children in primary care - A primary care initiative

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/565747
Title:
The acute management of wheezy children in primary care - A primary care initiative
Authors:
Duignan, Denise
Publisher:
Nursing in General Practice
Journal:
Nursing in General Practice
Issue Date:
Jul-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/565747
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
heezy children are a common occurrence in general practices in Ireland today. A study was completed to investigate how acutely wheezy children are managed in primary care. This study researched the verbal and written advice given by health professionals to parents of acutely wheezy children. Subsequently, a written action plan was formulated for use in the management of acutely wheezy children. This initiative has greatly improved the clinical care of affected children and lessened parental anxiety, at a time that can be very worrisome. Wheezing is common in infancy and childhood. Studies have found that 30% of children suffer a wheezing episode during a respiratory infection, before the age of three.1,2 By age six, almost half of children will have experienced at least one wheezing episode.3,4,5 Infants are prone to wheeze as a result of multiple factors. Firstly, in children under five years of age half of their total airway resistance comprises of the smaller airways. Any marginal additional narrowing further limits the airflow and generates a wheeze. The tracheal cartilage composition and airway smooth muscle tone in infants ensures that their airways are more compliant, more susceptible to collapse and thus they have increased resistance and increased likelihood of wheeze.1
Keywords:
CHILD; NURSE; PRIMARY CARE; RESPIRATORY DISORDER

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDuignan, Deniseen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-07T13:34:36Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-07T13:34:36Zen
dc.date.issued2015-07en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/565747en
dc.descriptionheezy children are a common occurrence in general practices in Ireland today. A study was completed to investigate how acutely wheezy children are managed in primary care. This study researched the verbal and written advice given by health professionals to parents of acutely wheezy children. Subsequently, a written action plan was formulated for use in the management of acutely wheezy children. This initiative has greatly improved the clinical care of affected children and lessened parental anxiety, at a time that can be very worrisome. Wheezing is common in infancy and childhood. Studies have found that 30% of children suffer a wheezing episode during a respiratory infection, before the age of three.1,2 By age six, almost half of children will have experienced at least one wheezing episode.3,4,5 Infants are prone to wheeze as a result of multiple factors. Firstly, in children under five years of age half of their total airway resistance comprises of the smaller airways. Any marginal additional narrowing further limits the airflow and generates a wheeze. The tracheal cartilage composition and airway smooth muscle tone in infants ensures that their airways are more compliant, more susceptible to collapse and thus they have increased resistance and increased likelihood of wheeze.1en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNursing in General Practiceen
dc.subjectCHILDen
dc.subjectNURSEen
dc.subjectPRIMARY CAREen
dc.subjectRESPIRATORY DISORDERen
dc.titleThe acute management of wheezy children in primary care - A primary care initiativeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalNursing in General Practiceen
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