Date of Award

2018

Type

Thesis

Major

Biology

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Kathleen Hughes

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Klar

Third Advisor

Cindy Ticknor

Abstract

Bronchiolitis is prevalent among infants of 0 to 12 months, and usually caused by a variation of viruses. Signs and symptoms consist of coughing, rapid breathing, and an occasional fever in some infants. Bronchiolitis is not treated with antibiotics, but rather with proper medical examination and other procedures. Chest radiographs, steroids, and certain bronchodilators are considered ineffective treatments. This study indentified the amount of ineffective procedures being used in infants admitted into the pediatric emergency room, and the effect it had on the patient’s average hospital stay. Past medical records were used in this clinical study. Statistical analyses and graphs depicted the results of ineffective procedures causing about an hour of difference in hospital stay for the patient, as well as a low amount of effective procedures in the patient visits. Parent pressure, insufficient data on the condition, or the hospital’s routine procedure could have affected the results.

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