British Thoracic Society guideline for diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy in adults


Monitoring, precautions and complications

▸ All patients undergoing bronchoscopy should have heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation recorded repeatedly, including before, during and after the procedure. (Grade D)

▸ All bronchoscopy units should undertake periodic audit of bronchoscopic performance, including efficacy, complications and patient satisfaction surveys. (Good practice point (√))

▸ All Trusts should have a ‘safe sedation policy’, and ensure all bronchoscopy unit staff, including trainees, receive appropriate training. (√)


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