A procedure known as bronchoscopy is done in order to remove something from a patient’s airways or the doctor needs to pass something through the airway to another part of the body. A scope is used and it is sometimes passed through the mouth or nose.
If a person is having trouble swallowing their food, they may tell their doctor and he may recommend that a bronchoscopy be done in order to see what the problem is or to stretch the airway. If a person is going to undergo a bronchoscopy, then he or she will need to prepare for it. The main thing that the nurse will tell the client to do to prepare for this procedure is to refrain from eating for a period of time.
Don\ t eat.-rationale: bronchoscopy involves visualization of the trachea and bronchial tree. to prevent aspiration of stomach contents into the lungs, the nurse should instruct the client not to eat or drink anything for approximately 6 hours before the procedure. it isnt necessary for the client to avoid walking, talking, or coughing.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: reduction of risk potentialcognitive level: knowledgereference: smeltzer, s.c., and bare, b. brunner & suddarths textbook of medical surgical-nursing, 11th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 581.