How Safe is Bronchoscopy in Hypoxemic, Nonintubated ICU Patients?

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In this observational study of nonintubated ICU patients receiving supplemental oxygen and/or noninvasive ventilation who underwent fiberoptic bronchoscopy, 35% of the patients were put on increased levels of respiratory support within the next 24 hours and 15% required intubation.


Cracco C, et al. Safety of performing fiberoptic bronchoscopy in critically ill hypoxemic patients with acute respiratory failure. Intensive Care Med 2013;39:45-52.

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