British Thoracic Society Guideline for Diagnostic Flexible Bronchoscopy in Adults

This is a clinical practice guideline for adult patients undergoing flexible bronchoscopy (FB). The guideline provides recommendations on best practice in FB, with an overview of staff safety, procedure, complications, provision of patient information, and obtaining informed consent. The guideline also discusses the use of FB for diagnosis of lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, and infection, including review of biopsy and sampling technique. Outcomes of interest include test sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic yield, complications and adverse effects of FB and of drugs used during procedure, and patient satisfaction.