Standardizing the care of bronchiolitis
Practice guidelines to standardize the care of bronchiolitis may be beneficial. Bronchiolitis is an inflammation of the lung for which there are few effective treatments. Researchers analyzed the use of ineffective treatments for bronchiolitis in groups of children hospitalized before and after an educational intervention using practice guidelines. Almost half the children received antibiotics even after the intervention despite the fact that none had a documented bacterial infection. Bronchodilator use was slightly reduced after the intervention, but there was no change in length of stay or re-admission rates.
Publication Name: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
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Mental health practice guidelines offer little positive help in the nursing of mental health patients. The true route to improving mental health nursing skills is to gain better access to funding, empower users through information and education, while refusing to take evidence-based practice at face value. The overall effect of evidence-based health care guidelines is to reduce spending in important areas, placing more pressure on the over-stretched nursing body.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
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