Bronchiolitis is the most common condition in infants under the age of one who are admitted to hospital in NSW.
There are several areas of diagnosis and treatment of paediatric bronchiolitis that are recognised to have no benefit to patients, and are not recommended in the clinical practice guidelines. These include the use of chest x-rays and viral testing to diagnose, and treatments such as bronchodilators, steroids, adrenaline, antibiotics, antivirals and chest physiotherapy.
This initiative aims to reduce unwarranted clinical variation by improving adherence to the NSW Health Acute Management of Bronchiolitis Clinical Practice Guideline. This will reduce unnecessary investigations and ineffective treatments.