April 2008, Volume 38 Number 4 , p 57 - 58
Gardner, Janelle RN, C, PhD
Issue: Volume 38(4), April 2008, p 57–58 Publication Type: […& more: COMBATING INFECTION] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Janelle Gardner is a professor at California State University's School of Nursing in Chico.
IT'S A COLD winter night when 12-month-old Jacob and his exhausted parents arrive at the ED. Jacob has had signs of a head cold and a low-grade fever for 2 days. He's developed a distinctive barking cough, hoarseness, and inspiratory stridor. His respiratory rate is 50 breaths/minute, and the pulse oximeter reading is 92%. Jacob's signs and symptoms suggest croup. What are the appropriate nursing interventions for Jacob?
What is croup?
Croup is a generic term applied to a group of common respiratory illnesses—mostly seen in children—that result from edema of ...