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High-flow oxygen in bronchiolitis

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It’s autumn in the northern hemisphere, and the bronchiolitis season is upon us. In recent years, high-flow warm humidified oxygen (HFWHO) has become more popular, through use of devices such as Optiflow and Vapotherm. Its use on children’s wards has crept across from the neonatal unit, where there is good evidence of its effectiveness in neonatal lung disease. It is surprising therefore to find that, until now, there have been no randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in bronchiolitis.

A team from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, …

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