Recommendation ID

High-flow humidified oxygen and oxygen:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of high-flow humidified oxygen versus standard supplemental oxygen?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- Providing oxygen (typically by nasal cannula) is standard care for bronchiolitis. Newly-developed medical devices can now deliver high-flow humidified oxygen that is thought to provide more comfortable and effective delivery of gases while retaining airway humidity. The use of this medical device is becoming widespread without demonstration of additional efficacy. A multicentre RCT comparing high-flow humidified oxygen and standard supplemental oxygen would be of benefit, as would including weaning strategies for high-flow humidified oxygen.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Bronchiolitis in children: diagnosis and management
Date issued
June 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No