A new outpatient treatment clinic for children with bronchiolitis is now open at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

The clinic and a new bronchiolitis treatment protocol allow respiratory therapists, nurses and physicians to provide more accurate patient assessments and treatment for patients with bronchiolitis.

Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory-tract illness caused by an infection that affects the tiny airways that lead to the lungs. As these airways become inflamed, they swell and fill with mucus, making breathing difficult.

Bronchiolitis most often affects infants and young children. It typically occurs during the first two years of life, with peak occurrence at about three to six months of age.

The new protocol helps reduce inappropriate antibiotic and bronchodilator therapy, reduces need for hospitalization and increases patient safety.

For questions about the new clinic, please call the respiratory therapy department at IMC at 801-507-4080.