Acute Epiglottitis–Pediatric Emergency

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Abstract

Every nurse who comes in contact with children—whether in a doctor's office, an emergency room, or any other setting—should be able to tell the difference between ordinary “croup” and imminently life-threatening epiglottitis, maintains this author. Here she describes the signs and symptoms of both conditions and the emergency treatment the nurse might have to give the child with epiglottitis.

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