Lessons from outbreaks associated with bronchoscopy.

  title={Lessons from outbreaks associated with bronchoscopy.},
  author={David J. Weber and William A. Rutala},
  journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology},
  volume={22 7},
Bronchoscopy is currently the most commonly employed invasive procedure in the practice of pulmonary medicine. An estimated 497,000 bronchoscopy procedures were performed in the United States in 1996. Current and new applications include bronchoscopic ultrasound, laser therapy, brachytherapy, electrocautery, cryotherapy, placement of airway stents, and balloon dilatation to relieve airway obstruction caused by airway lesions. Flexible endoscopes also are widely used in other medical disciplines… CONTINUE READING


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