we get up to 5 or 6 babies a week during the height of rsv season. big brother/sister brings it home from school and many get from day care. the biggest thing besides neb treatment is to suction, suction, suction. if the kids can't drink we start iv therapy. and when they do start to drink i give 1/2 strength formula and increase the strength as the secretions decrease.
synargis is given to premies and is covered by insurance if they meet certain cryteria ie age, weight, if they were or a vent at birth, any lung problems. but even that does not stop them from getting rsv. it will decrease the symptoms if they have received the shots in time. we have had 2 premies come to our unit with rsv after the shots. rsv can be scarey--if the secretions do block the airway be ready for a code.
i should have thought of this earlier Nursing Spectrum has an educational piece to earn ceu's titled brochioltis which discusses the cause and treatment of rsv.
May those who love us, love us
And those that don't love us
May God turn their hearts:
And if he doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we'll know them by their limping
An Irish Prayer