Bronchoscopy is an invasive procedure that allows the direct examination of the larynx, trachea and bronchi using either a flexible fibreoptic bronchoscope or a rigid metal bronchoscope.1,2 Nurses perform an important role supporting patients undergoing bronchoscopy. In this article, we review the role of the bronchoscopy nurse in 3 surgical stages.
Ahead of the bronchoscopy procedure, the nurse’s role involves providing information on what to expect and what to avoid, helping relieve anxiety. The patient must be given a full explanation of the procedure, including risks, benefits and alternatives, as well as the preparation required.2 Other important tasks for nurses before the procedure include the following:1
For an hour after the procedure, the patient’s vital signs must be monitored regularly according to their general condition. Changes in breathing pattern, chest pain or oxygen saturation levels should be reported.2 Other important tasks include:1
In conclusion, bronchoscopy is an invasive procedure that requires adequate patient preparation and cooperation. Nurse bronchoscopists play an important role before, during and after procedures to ensure patient safety.
My name is Andreia Trigo RN BSc MSc, I am a nurse consultant with over a decade of experience in anaesthesia, sedation and pain management.
This involves patient care, as well as lecturing at post grad level on these topics, presenting at conferences and co-developing a very successful sedation course at SedateUK. My passion for creating safer environments for patients and professionals led me to collaborate with Medtronic and share my knowledge and expertise with our professional community.
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1. Martin, P. (2019) Bronchoscopy. Nurse Labs. Available at https://nurseslabs.com/bronchoscopy/
2. Martin, J. (2013) Preparing and supporting patients undergoing a bronchoscopy. Nursing Times. Available at https://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/respiratory-clinical-archive/preparing-and-supporting-patients-undergoing-a-bronchoscopy-14-10-2003/
3. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Bronchoscopy. Available at https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/bronchoscopy