Nasal irrigation can improve oxygen saturation

May 1, 2016

Here’s news for the next bronchiolitis season. Nasal irrigation with saline solution improves oxygen saturation in infants with bronchiolitis.

Here’s news for the next bronchiolitis season. Nasal irrigation with saline solution improves oxygen saturation in infants with bronchiolitis. Italian investigators compared nasal irrigation using either isotonic (0.9%) or hypertonic (3.0%) sodium chloride solution with simple supportive care in 133 infants with bronchiolitis. The infants ranged in age up to 1 year. A single nasal irrigation with saline solution significantly improved oxygen saturation in these infants but did not improve their respiratory distress score. Whereas the isotonic saline rapidly increased oxygen saturation, the hypertonic saline led to a significant improvement only after 50 minutes (Schreiber S, et al. Acta Paediatr. 2016;105[3]:292-296). 

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