What monitoring is needed for severe croup?

Updated: Oct 18, 2018
  • Author: Germaine L Defendi, MD, MS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Concurrently, careful monitoring of heart rate (for tachycardia), respiratory rate (for tachypnea), respiratory mechanics (for sternal wall retractions), and pulse oximetry (for hypoxia) are important. Given the risk of increased insensible losses from fever, tachypnea and a history of decreased oral intake, assessment of the patient’s hydration status is imperative.


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