The technique of fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Diagnostic and therapeutic uses in intubated, ventilated patients.

A. Anzueto, S. M. Levine, S. G. Jenkinson

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Abstract

Fiberoptic bronchoscopy has a variety of applications in the intensive care unit. This procedure, which can be done at the patient's bedside, can be used to clear excess secretions; check the position of, or replace, an endotracheal tube; identify areas of active bleeding; diagnose opportunistic infections; and evaluate obstructive airway lesions. Before the bronchoscope is inserted, antisialagogues, anxiolytics, and topical anesthetics are administered along with supplemental oxygen. In intubated, ventilated patients, a fiberoptic bronchoscope may be passed through a swivel adapter to prevent loss of the delivered oxygen and tidal volume. Cardiac arrhythmias and hypoxemia are among the most common complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1657-1664
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of critical illness
Volume7
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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