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Use of high flow nasal cannula oxygen (HFNCO) in infants with bronchiolitis on a paediatric ward: a 3-year experience
  1. Chetana Kallappa1,
  2. Maggie Hufton2,
  3. Gerard Millen2,
  4. Titus K Ninan2
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, Heart of England Hospitals NHS trust, Good Hope Hospital, Birmingham, West midlands, UK
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics, Heart of England Hospitals NHS trust, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, West midlands, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chetana Kallappa, Good Hope Hospital, Heart of England Hospitals NHS trust, Bordesley Green East, Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B75 7RR, UK; chetana.kallappa{at}heartofengland.nhs.uk

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We read with interest the recent article by Martin and Kneyber: Is there a role for high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy to prevent endotracheal intubation in children with viral bronchiolitis?1 Respiratory support using high flow nasal cannula oxygen (HFNCO) in severe bronchiolitis has been used in various settings including a general paediatric ward.2

We would like to share our experience of using HFNCO for the last 3 years (2010–2011, 2011–2012 and 2012–2013) in a paediatric ward, working to a strict protocol. Infants with bronchiolitis …

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