High Flow Nasal Cannula treatment for viral Bronchiolitis, a randomised controlled trial.

A new way for oxygen treatment in infants with viral respiratory infections.

Grant ID: EMPJ-111R21-2014

Lay Summary

Acute respiratory disease is the leading cause for infants and children needing hospital admission. The main focus of hospital treatment is oxygen therapy beside disease specific treatment like inhalers for asthma or antibiotics for pneumonia. 10 to 20% of these infants or children need higher level of care at some point of their illness and will be transferred to a children’s hospital intensive care unit. This is not only expensive and imposes a huge burden on health care costs but more importantly is very stressful for these children and families because they are taken out of their familiar environment. Recent research suggests that with early optimal respiratory support the need for transfer can be significantly reduced and many of these patients could be cared in their regional hospital allowing the family to be the main support group. This concept of “keeping the patients in their regional centre” is not only from a psychosocial aspect of advantage but will have as well a great impact on health care costs. Our research group has recently investigated the role of high flow therapy in infants with bronchiolitis and we were able to demonstrate a 40% reduction in intensive care admission. Early respiratory intervention is a fundamentally new approach, which has the potential to prevent progression and deterioration of respiratory illness. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of high flow therapy in infants with bronchiolitis, but future research and trials will also include other conditions such as asthma and pneumonia.


Outcomes

See Pilot 1 page: http://emergencyfoundation.org.au/projects/high-flow-nasal-cannula-therapy-in-infants-with-bronchiolitis/


Leveraged Funds

- $1,200,000.00 NHMRC


SHARE

Amount Awarded
$50,800


Program


Grant Scheme


Status
Complete


Principal Investigator:
Dr Christa Bell


Co Investigators:
A/Prof Andreas Schibler


Institution


Collaborating Institutions


CONTACT US +61 7 3720 5700 info@emfoundation.org.au 2/15 Lang Parade Milton Qld 4064