Tuesday, December 9, 2014

RSV: Risk of Death

By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief 

With respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season upon us, we know that our youngest and tiniest patients can experience significant morbidity with this virus in their system, but how fatal is it?

Byington et al.  (doi:10.1542/peds.2014-2151) looked at this question by using two large national databases to examine the past decade’s worth of hospitalizations for RSV, and in turn, the mortality associated with these hospitalizations.

The good news is that RSV deaths are extremely uncommon, although as you might expect, are most associated with infants with complex chronic conditions, making it tougher for them to deal with this respiratory infection.

Just what conditions are associated with increased RSV mortality awaits your reading of this useful description of a huge number of RSV admissions to determine the low prevalence of mortality reported. Take a deep breath and read this study to learn more that may help you reassure most families and perhaps be even more vigilant and supportive in your care of your more complex infants who succumb to RSV.

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1 comment:

  1. Are hospitals required to report RSV as a cause of death ?


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