The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

Recommendations from The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) is the only health peak body representing a range of professions (medical specialists, scientists, researchers, academics, nurses, physiotherapists, students and others) across various disciplines within the respiratory/sleep medicine field in Australia and New Zealand.

For children with bronchiolitis without other co-morbidities, do not delay discharge from an inpatient admission based on oxygen saturations alone if saturations are ≥90%.

Date reviewed: 14 November 2018

Clinical guidelines and recent evidence indicate that oxygen supplementation need only be commenced for children with uncomplicated bronchiolitis (i.e. bronchitis without other co-morbidities) if oxygen saturation levels fall below percentage levels around the early 90s. While one guideline cites 92% as the minimum acceptable level, other research shows that management of infants with bronchiolitis to an oxygen saturation target of 90% or higher is as safe and clinically effective as one of 94% or higher. On the balance of evidence, we recommend that children with bronchiolitis without other co-morbidities can be safely discharged if oxygen saturation levels are 90% or higher.

Supporting evidence
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Subcommittee on Diagnosis and Management of Bronchiolitis. Diagnosis and management of bronchiolitis. Pediatrics. 2006 Oct;118(4):1774-93
  • Cunningham S, Rodriguez A, Adams T, et al. Oxygen saturation targets in infants with bronchiolitis (BIDS): a double-blind, randomised, equivalence trial. Lancet (London, England). 2015;386(9998):1041-1048
  • PREDICT Australasian Bronchiolitis Guideline 31 August 2016.
How this list was made How this list was made

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians worked with a Lead Fellow nominated by TSANZ to review evidence for 12 paediatric thoracic recommendations on low-value care in paediatric thoracic medicine. These recommendations were the subject of email discussions and deliberation by members of the Paediatric Special Interest Group (SIG) of the TSANZ. They were further discussed at a workshop held at a meeting of the Asia Pacific Society of Respirology in 2017, which included TSANZ members. Based on the feedback provided at this workshop and through email discussions with members of the SIG, four were removed and two of the original 12 were considered for inclusion in the final recommendations with overwhelming support. Members of the Paediatric SIG were then invited to choose three out of the remaining six through an email based poll. This served as the basis for final recommendations, which were further refined and developed through successive drafts based on the input of the Lead Fellow, the results of consultation with other specialty groups and the views of the TSANZ Board.

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