Does bronchoscopy need consent?

Does bronchoscopy need consent?

Does bronchoscopy need consent?

Informed consent — Once a patient has been selected for flexible bronchoscopy, the clinician should obtain informed consent from the patient or a designated decision maker.

When is bronchoscopy needed?

Common reasons for needing bronchoscopy are a persistent cough, infection or something unusual seen on a chest X-ray or other test. Bronchoscopy can also be used to obtain samples of mucus or tissue, to remove foreign bodies or other blockages from the airways or lungs, or to provide treatment for lung problems.

Can a bronchoscopy be done for therapeutic reasons?

A bronchoscopy can be done for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons, which may include: To view abnormalities of the airway (abnormal chest x-ray or CT scan) To obtain tissue specimens of the lung (abnormal chest x-ray or CT scan) To evaluate and treat growths in the airway.

What are the contraindications of bronchoscopy?


  • Acute respiratory failure with hypercapnia (unless the patient is intubated and ventilated)
  • High-grade tracheal obstruction.
  • Inability to adequately oxygenate the patient during the procedure.
  • Untreatable life-threatening arrhythmias.

    What can go wrong in bronchoscopy?

    Common complications may include shortness of breath, a drop in oxygen level during the procedure, chest pain, and cough. In addition, if a lung biopsy is necessary, it may cause leakage of air called a pneumothorax and/or bleeding from the lung. Pneumothorax occurs in less than 1% of cases requiring lung biopsy.

    What are the contraindications for bronchoscopy?

    What sedation is used for bronchoscopy?

    Propofol. It is a short acting anaesthetic agent used in bronchoscopy for moderate sedation. It has a rapid onset of action and rapid recovery. It is used for its hypnotic, antiemetic and antipruritic effects.

    Does bronchoscopy require sedation?

    Rigid bronchoscopy usually requires general anaesthesia while flexible bronchoscopy can be done under sedation supplemented with topical anaesthesia.