Standards of Practice Regarding Croup Tents

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    Hello everyone! I am hoping that someone can help me. I am the Pediatric Staff Educator at my facility. My Director and the Safety Officer have decided that croup tents A.K.A. mist tents A.K.A. humidity tents are unsafe to use and that there has to be a better way. I have been tasked with the job of finding "best practice" evidence to support this. I have found articles regarding patients with croup, but am having a hard time in reference to other diagnosis such as bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pnuemonia, etc. Can anyone help me with this? Has anyone dealt with this issue? If so, how did you handle it? Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation!
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    I'd like to know too- I had a grandma very perturbed this winter that we weren't using an oxygen tent, "it would be easier than holding this over his face all night", and I couldn't think of exactly why not. I can't remember what the pt's dx was though. I'm hoping someone here can help too.
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    I will see if anyone at work can send me some info in re: to using croup tents. I know where I work we consider them almost barbaric. They are not used. We use steriods and nasal canula's if needed for croup. Kids seem to tolerate nasal canula's fairly well. And not to mention they don't seem to swim in the moisture. But like I said I will see if I can find any studies on exactly why we no longer use them.
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    I see this thread is a bit old but the problem persists. Were any of you able to resolve the tent issue ... pro or con? Did anyone find any specific information?
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    Here is a link to an article I found - a study comparing low and high humidity with blow-by.
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/527856


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