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Parental preference and perspectives on continuous pulse oximetry in infants and children with bronchiolitis

Authors Hendaus MA, Nassar S, Leghrouz BA, Alhammadi AH, Alamri M

Received 29 September 2017

Accepted for publication 7 November 2017

Published 3 April 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 483—487


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Mohamed A Hendaus,1,2 Suzan Nassar,3 Bassil A Leghrouz,3 Ahmed H Alhammadi,1,2 Mohammed Alamri4

1Department of Pediatrics, Section of Academic General Pediatrics, Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar; 2Department of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medicine, Doha, Qatar; 3Department of Pediatrics, Hamad General Corporation, Doha, Qatar; 4Pediatric Emergency Center, Hamad General Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Objective: The purpose of the study was to investigate parental preference of continuous pulse oximetry in infants and children with bronchiolitis.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional prospective study was conducted at Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. Parents of infants and children <24 months old and hospitalized with bronchiolitis were offered an interview survey.
Results: A total of 132 questionnaires were completed (response rate 100%). Approximately 90% of participants were 20–40 years of age, and 85% were females. The mean age of children was 7.2±5.8 months. Approximately eight in ten parents supported the idea of continuous pulse oximetry in children with bronchiolitis. Almost 43% of parents believed that continuous pulse-oximetry monitoring would delay their children’s hospital discharge. Interestingly, approximately 85% of caregivers agreed that continuous pulse oximetry had a good impact on their children’s health. In addition, around one in two of the participants stated that good bedside examinations can obviate the need for continuous pulse oximetry. Furthermore, 80% of parents believed that continuous pulse-oximetry monitoring would give the health-care provider a good sense of security regarding the child’s health. Finally, being a male parent was associated with significantly increased risk of reporting unnecessary fatigue, attributed to the sound of continuous pulse oximetry (P=0.031).
Conclusion: Continuous pulse-oximetry monitoring in children with bronchiolitis was perceived as reassuring for parents. Involving parents in decision-making is considered essential in the better management of children with bronchiolitis or any other disease. The first step to decrease continuous pulse oximetry will require provider education and change as well. Furthermore, we recommend proper counseling for parents, emphasizing that medical technology is not always essential, but is a complementary mode of managing a disease.

Keywords: bronchiolitis, parents, medical, technology

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