High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) in bronchiolitis (1 mo - 2 years) - Curbside
High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) in bronchiolitis (1 mo - 2 years)
Editors: Dan Imler, MD
Inclusion Criteria  (Any one criteria present)
  • Clinical diagnosis of bronchiolitis
Exclusion Criteria
  • History of abnormal airway anatomy
  • Complex past medical history (pulmonary, cardiac, ENT or other)

Consider other respiratory support modality

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Total Notes: 1


HFNC is a well-tolerated, noninvasive method of delivering high flow with or without supplemental oxygen. Although it is delivered through nasal canula, it cannot be delivered directly from wall oxygen as the flow needs to be humidified (therefore requiring special machinery). In addition to flow, once the rate is ≥6 L/min HFNC may generate positive expiratory pressures from 2-5 cm H2O.

HFNC has been associated with the decreased need for emergent intubation.

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