What is included in the post-procedure patient monitoring following endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)?

Updated: Apr 24, 2019
  • Author: Narayan Neupane, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Cardiac rhythm, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxyhemoglobin saturation, and blood pressure are continuously monitored after the procedure until the effects of sedation and upper airway anesthesia wear off. The patient should be monitored closely for 2-4 hours after the test. Eating and drinking can be resumed once the gag reflex returns. A chest radiograph should be performed following the procedure to look for any complications, such as pneumothorax. Outpatients must have stable vital signs and be alert and oriented with baseline ambulation status before discharge.


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