QOD 88: Aspiration After Bronchoscopy (Respiratory/Health Promotion and Maintenance)

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Question:

A 35-year-old client is undergoing a bronchoscopy procedure to evaluate a mass in his airway. Following the procedure, the nurse periodically assesses the patients cough and gag reflexes. Which best describes the rationale for this action?

Answer:

D.  To prevent the patient from aspirating secretions

Rationale: 

A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic test that involves placing a tube into a patients airway to assess the bronchus and lung tissue. Following the procedure, the nurse should assess the patients gag reflex to determine if it is patent. Without a working gag reflex, the patient could be at risk of aspiration if he vomits after the procedure.

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