Precautions in the Use of Ribavirin at the Children's Hospital

James C. Fackler, Karen Flannery, Maureen Zipkin, Kenneth McIntosh

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Abstract

To the Editor: Ribavirin therapy for infections with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is increasingly controversial.1,2 Important concerns have been raised about its efficacy.3 4 5 Even the suggestion that ribavirin is efficacious under certain circumstances6 has been challenged.7 Although ribavirin can be safely administered through a ventilator,8 there is more doubt about its efficacy when administered through an endotracheal tube than when administered as an open aerosol, and endotracheal-tube administration is not recommended.9 The controversy has been fueled by recent data suggesting that ribavirin may pose a risk to health care workers.10,11 Ribavirin administration at the Children's Hospital has for several years…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume322
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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