Saturday, March 28, 2009

Peds Pneumonia VS. Adult Pneumonia

We are not in a time of year where there seems to be a larger than usual amount of Pneumonia cases coming into my hospital. There are many different types of pneumonia out there but we mainly deal with only a couple of them.

Some Different types are:

  • Viral

  • Bacterial

  • Fungal

  • Parasitic

  • Comunity Aquired

  • Hospital Aquired

  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS)

If you want more information on the different types of pneumonia just go look it up, many sites are out there with this information.

Now if you noticed in my title of this post I'm talking about Peds VS. Adult pneumonia's. The reason I am talking about this is because my hospital will isolate all pediatric patients for Droplet Precautions if they have any lung problems, including pneumonia. Now my question is why do we just isolate the kids with pneumonia and not the adults with pneumonia? This I am confused about, but I do understand the the underlying virus or bacteria which cause pneumonia could be contagious but why more so in kids than adults?

With our kids we need to gown and mask but with adults nothing extra as of precautions is taken which is perplexing to me as I cannot find a decent answer to this question and unfortunately I don't see the Peds doc very ofter as I work nights.

So if anyone can shed some light on this for me I would be much obliged, but until then I will keep searching and wearing my gown and mask for the kids, but I'm sure we would look less scary to them without that garb on.

Thanks for reading

Keep driving on RT's.


Hope said...

I believe that the main reason is that children have weaker immune systems than most adults and so we need to gown and mask to prevent spreading infection.

Djanvk said...

I understand that, but if the RT or RN's are not sick what's the big deal.

Anonymous said...

I agree with hope. If you think about kids are immune systems are not completly developed until about the early tee years