Malignant pertussis in the pediatric intensive care unit

Sarah L Kundrat, Terry L Wolek, Margaret Rowe-Telow
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN 2010, 29 (1): 1-5
Infantile malignant pertussis is characterized by severe respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension, leukocytosis, and death. Bordetella pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease that is becoming a much more globally prevalent condition contributing to more and more infant deaths each year. This article examines 2 such cases and the hospital's internal and community-based programs initiated to help protect these vulnerable infants.

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