Occupational adverse effects and protective factors in bronchoscopy

Kai Chen, Chong Bai


The application of bronchoscopy has resolved a series of diagnostic and treatment challenges in pulmonary diseases. However, the occupational adverse effects experienced by healthcare workers in interventional pulmonology should receive increasing attention. Various aspects of adverse effects in bronchoscopy are often neglected, and healthcare workers frequently ignore guidelines for personal protection against factors such as radiation, smoke, pathogenic microbiological aerosols, cryogenic gas, etc. Thus, there is an urgent need to conduct additional research to establish standards for occupational adverse effects and protective measures related to bronchoscopy.