Quality statement 4 (placeholder): Admission avoidance and early supported discharge
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Further guidance is needed on admission avoidance and early supported discharge of children with bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis is most common in the winter months. Approximately 1 in 3 children will develop bronchiolitis in the first year of life and 2–3% of them will require hospitalisation. Involving teams such as children's community nursing when a child has been diagnosed with bronchiolitis may help to reduce hospital admissions. Early supported discharge may also reduce hospital readmissions.
Caring for a child at home will also enable a flexible and personalised approach to care, meeting the needs of children with bronchiolitis and their families.