Homecare issues in rotavirus gastroenteritis
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2006
2006 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 18, Issue 9, pages 422–428, September 2006
How to Cite
Koslap-Petraco, M. B. (2006), Homecare issues in rotavirus gastroenteritis. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18: 422–428. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2006.00150.x
- Issue published online: 31 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2006
- Received: July 2005; accepted: February 2006.
- rotavirus gastroenteritis;
- home care;
Purpose: This article will describe the burden of rotavirus gastroenteritis (RGE) and its management, highlighting educational issues that nurse practitioners can assist caregivers to enhance at-home management.
Data source: A Medline search of the medical literature was used to identify articles that describe the burden, clinical presentation, and management of RGE.
Conclusions: RGE is a serious medical condition characterized by diarrhea and vomiting and is a major cause of morbidity and hospitalization among children aged 5 years or younger. Proper at-home treatment can be challenging; however, improved home care may limit emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
Implications for practice: Mild to moderate RGE may be successfully managed at home if caregivers are adequately educated in deciding when a child needs to be evaluated in a physician’s office and in managing dehydration at home.