Is bronchoscopy a sterile procedure?

Rarely has fatal pneumonia been reported following a bronchoscopy. Pseudomonas pneumonia has been traced to contaminated bronchoscopes. The procedure is not sterile and, surprisingly, pneumonia is rare following the procedure.

Can Bronchoscopy be heat sterilized?

Due to their material composition, most flexible bronchoscopes cannot be steam sterilized. They tolerate ethylene oxide and hydrogen peroxide plasma sterilization, which are expensive, can destroy mechanical properties of instruments and are not preferred by most institutions.

How do you sanitize and disinfect endoscopes?

After the endoscope and all of its parts have been cleaned as described above in a disinfectant-detergent cleaning solution, and thoroughly triple-rinsed with tap water to remove the disinfectant-detergent, the rinsed endoscope should then be soaked in a high level disinfectant at the labeled exposure time and …

How long does it take to recover from a bronchoscopy?

Your Recovery Bronchoscopy lets your doctor look at your airway through a tube called a bronchoscope. Afterward, you may feel tired for 1 or 2 days. Your mouth may feel very dry for several hours after the procedure. You may also have a sore throat and a hoarse voice for a few days.

Is bronchoscopy a safe procedure?

Possible complications of bronchoscopy Bronchoscopy is usually safe, but there is a small risk of: Bleeding in the airways. Pneumonia (infection in the lung) Collapse of part of a lung (pneumothorax)

Are endoscopes sterilized?

Unlike most critical and semicritical medical devices, the final step of processing an endoscope is high-level disinfection and not terminal sterilization. This is because most flexible endoscopes come in contact with mucosal membranes (versus contact with direct blood stream) and cannot withstand sterilization.

What are the three levels of disinfection?


  • High-level (semicritical items; [except dental] will come in contact with mucous membrane or nonintact skin)
  • Intermediate-level (some semicritical items1 and noncritical items)
  • Low-level (noncritical items; will come in contact with intact skin)

How serious is a bronchoscopy?

Complications from bronchoscopy are uncommon and usually minor, although they are rarely severe. Complications may be more likely if airways are inflamed or damaged by disease. Complications may be related to the procedure itself or to the sedative or topical numbing medicine. Bleeding.

What are the risks of bronchoscopy?

Risks of a Bronchoscopy. Bronchoscopy is relatively safe, but there are possible risks associated with any medical procedure of this type. These may include: Excessive bleeding. Pneumothorax or collapsed lung. Infection. Spasms in the airway. Cardiac complications.

What do we use bronchoscopy?

persistent or unexplained cough;

  • blood in the sputum (coughed up mucus material from the lungs );
  • or inflammation in the lung; or
  • evaluation of a possible lung infection.
  • How long does bronchoscopy take?

    The preparation for the bronchoscopy will take about 1 hour. The bronchoscopy will take from 15 to 90 minutes. The recovery after the bronchoscopy may take from 1 to 3 hours.

    What are bronchial washings?

    Bronchial washing is the flushing of the respiratory tract with physiological saline solution. This procedureis used to derive cellular material and/or any invaded foreign bodies, for examination under a microscope.