Bronchoscopy

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Synonym/Acronym:
Flexible bronchoscopy.

Rationale
To visualize and assess bronchial structure for disease such as cancer and infection. The procedure has both diagnostic and therapeutic implications.

Patient Preparation
There are no activity restrictions unless by medical direction. Instruct the patient that to reduce the risk of aspiration related to nausea and vomiting, solid food and milk or milk products are restricted for at least 6 hr, and clear liquids are restricted for at least 2 hr prior to general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, or sedation/analgesia (monitored anesthesia). The patient may be required to be NPO at midnight. The American Society of Anesthesiologists has fasting guidelines for risk levels according to patient status. More information can be located at www.asahq.org.

Patients on beta blockers before the surgical procedure should be instructed to take their medication as ordered during the perioperative period. Regarding the patient's risk for bleeding, the patient should be instructed to avoid taking natural products and medications with known anticoagulant, antiplatelet, or thrombolytic properties or to reduce dosage, as ordered, prior to the procedure. Number of days to withhold medication is dependent on the type of anticoagulant. Note the last time and dose of medication taken. Protocols may vary among facilities.

Normal Findings

  • Normal larynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli.

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions
N/A

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