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Adult nursing
Nurses should inform patients of the possibility of awareness during bronchoscopy performed with procedural sedation
  1. Aaron Conway
  1. Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aaron Conway, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia; aaron.conway{at}

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Commentary on: Saxon C, Fulbrook P, Fong KM, et al. High-risk respiratory patients’ experiences of bronchoscopy with conscious sedation and analgesia: a qualitative study. J Clin Nurs 2017. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14120. [Epub ahead of print 20 Oct 2017].

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses should inform patients that the administration of sedation does not guarantee lack of recall and should interact with patients throughout the procedure in an effort to decrease the risk of distress during times of awareness.

  • The highest priority for further research is to elucidate the effectiveness of tailoring how information about procedures is presented to patients.


Flexible bronchoscopy is heralded as a cornerstone of pulmonary medicine. The administration of sedative and analgesic medication to decrease discomfort and improve procedural conditions is recommended by peak professional bodies in respiratory medicine. …

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  • Competing interests I have previously worked and published with coauthors (Professor Paul Fulbrook and Dr Chantal Ski) of the study on which this commentary is based.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.