Key clinical point: Bronchoscopy with intermittent apnea can be conducted safely safe for both patients and health care providers.
Major finding: Bronchoscopy was well tolerated by COVID-19 patients and resulted in no documented cases of transmission among clinicians who performed the procedure.
Study details: A single-center retrospective study of 107 patients with severe COVID-19 who underwent 241 bronchoscopies.
Disclosures: The researchers reported having no financial disclosures.
Chang S et al. CHEST. 2020 Oct 8. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.09.263.