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1

What is the epiglottitis and what does it do?

It is a lap of skin at the base of the tongue. It opens and closes during breathing

2

What is the cause of epiglottitis?

Haemophilus influenza

3

Is this a virus or bacteria?

Bacteria

4

What is the unusual age of children who get epiglottitis?

2-5 years old

5

What are the signs of epiglottitis?

3 D's (Drooling, Dysphagia, Dysphonia [ no voice])

6

What will the child look like during an episode of epidlottitis?

Sitting upright; tongue protruding; Drooling: shallow, rapid breathing

7

Can epiglottits be treated at home?

No, the child must go to the hospital immediately

8

When assessing the airway can you use a tongue depressor or tongue blade?

NO, NEVER put anything in the mouth to assess!

9

If the child cannot breathe, what might be done?

Intubation

10

What medication will be given to treat epiglottits?

Antibiotic therapy

11

How can epiglottitis be avoided?

By getting the H. influenza vaccine

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