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Fiberoptic bronchoscopy has evolved to become the method of choice for diagnostics of pulmonary pathology (visual, inspection, specimen collection, and lavage). This course discusses tools, indications, high-risk situations, and complications of fiberoptic bronchoscopy. A basic step-by-step procedure is included that may be used by practitioners to assist physicians. Finally, specimen collection and conscious sedation are described.
- Describe various indications for fiberoptic bronchoscopy. A standard scope of practice has been set by clinical guidelines and has been provided in the appendix at the end of the course.
- Explain the functional purpose of each channel of the bronchoscope.
- Describe the general purpose of bronchoalveolar lavage.
- Generally describe the role of the assisting respiratory care practitioner during a fiberoptic bronchoscopy.
- Explain the purpose of various medications used to prevent complications.
- Describe the general procedure for specimen collection during fiberoptic bronchoscopy.
- Discuss the use of conscious sedation during fiberoptic bronchoscopy.
- List the absolute contraindications for fiberoptic bronchoscopy.
- List the problems for which a risk/benefit assessment should be done prior to fiberoptic bronchoscopy.
- Outline the complications that may arise during fiberoptic bronchoscopy.
- Relate the information presented in this course during a clinical practice exercise.
Kevin T. Martin, BVE, RRT, RCP
, was the founder of Respiratory Care Educational Consulting Services, Inc. (RCECS).
Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor and program director and professor in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine, at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor at the Department of Medicine at John Shyy’s Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Traci received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology, and her MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics and BS in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.