A 35-year-old client is undergoing a bronchoscopy procedure to evaluate a mass in his airway. Following the procedure, the nurse periodically assesses the patients cough and gag reflexes. Which best describes the rationale for this action?
D. To prevent the patient from aspirating secretions
A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic test that involves placing a tube into a patients airway to assess the bronchus and lung tissue. Following the procedure, the nurse should assess the patients gag reflex to determine if it is patent. Without a working gag reflex, the patient could be at risk of aspiration if he vomits after the procedure.