•The most common complications after undergoing a bronchoscopy are bronchospasms and hypotension related to sedation.
•Bronchospasms can cause airway obstruction and lead to respiratory failure, hypoxia, and hypercapnia.
•Bronchoscopy is the insertion of a bronchoscope down the airway to visualize the lungs and remove foreign objects, obtain biopsies, and stop bleeding.
•A less critical, but important nursing action is to assess for a gag reflex. Once the gag reflex has returned, the child may resume a diet after passing a bedside swallow test.
•An ice collar is not needed.