Most Read Articles
Stephen Padilla, 4 days ago
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic appears to have a significant impact on oncological care, according to a study, which stresses the need for psycho-oncological support for cancer patients.
01 Aug 2020
Supplementation with probiotics may have positive effects in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), reports a recent meta-analysis.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 30 Jul 2020

Frailty may indicate an increased risk of death from COVID-19, results of the COPE* study showed.

6 days ago
Treatment with tradipitant in patients with idiopathic or diabetic gastroparesis produces meaningful improvements in nausea and vomiting, according to the results of a phase II trial.

Prompt anti-influenza medication shortens hospital stay in children with tracheostomy

11 Mar 2019

Early administration of anti-influenza medications in children with tracheostomy cuts the length of stay in the hospital by a day, although these children continue to receive antibiotics even after detection and treatment of their viral infections, a study has shown.

The study included 899 paediatric patients aged 30 days to 19 years who had been admitted for tracheostomy and influenza infection (median age at admission, 5 years; 56.5 percent male) and were successfully discharged.

In the cohort, 513 patients received anti-influenza medications on hospital day 0 or 1 (anti-influenza group) while the 386 did not (nonmedicated controls). Most of these patients had multiple complex chronic conditions (median, 3) and technology dependence, such as gastrostomy tube (73.6 percent).

A total of 772 patients were matched by propensity score, with 386 patients each in the anti-influenza and nonmedicated groups. The primary endpoint of length of hospital stay was shorter in the group that received anti-influenza medications (6.4 vs 7.5 days; p=0.01). Revisit rates did not differ significantly (27.5 percent vs 24.1 percent; p=0.28).

The majority of patients in both groups (>80 percent) received empirical antibiotics, and the duration of antibiotic therapy was comparable (5.0 vs 5.6 days; p=0.11).

Findings of the present study support the recommendation of prompt administration of anti-influenza medications in all children hospitalized with influenza, as well as provide insight into antibiotic prescribing behaviour regarding children with tracheostomy hospitalized with viral respiratory tract infections, researchers said.

When managing children with medical complexity, adherence to current influenza treatment guidelines in the inpatient setting is especially important given the present challenges in providing effective influenza prevention and increased risk of hospitalization, they added.  

Digital Edition
Asia's trusted medical magazine for healthcare professionals. Get your MIMS Doctor - Malaysia digital copy today!
Sign In To Download
Editor's Recommendations
Most Read Articles
Stephen Padilla, 4 days ago
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic appears to have a significant impact on oncological care, according to a study, which stresses the need for psycho-oncological support for cancer patients.
01 Aug 2020
Supplementation with probiotics may have positive effects in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), reports a recent meta-analysis.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 30 Jul 2020

Frailty may indicate an increased risk of death from COVID-19, results of the COPE* study showed.

6 days ago
Treatment with tradipitant in patients with idiopathic or diabetic gastroparesis produces meaningful improvements in nausea and vomiting, according to the results of a phase II trial.