The nurse is caring for a patient that just underwent a bronchoscopy. The nurse should complete which of the following interventions?

Confirm the return of a gag reflex before advancing diet.

Explanation

•The patient's gag reflex must return to normal before allowing oral intake. The procedural sedation may have impaired the gag reflex, which places the patient at risk for aspiration.

•Midazolam, a benzodiazepine used for procedural sedation, is administered before the bronchoscopy.

•Vecuronium is a paralyzing agent used during endotracheal intubation.

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