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National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures - Bronchoscopy and Pleural Procedures

In response to the need for NatSSIPs guidance on respiratory procedures, BTS has developed documentation that can be used to inform and harmonise the Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (or LOCSSIPs).

The guidance is focussed on the following procedure areas:

  • Diagnostic bronchoscopy - including flexible bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy (EBUS)
  • Pleural interventions - pleural aspiration, chest drains, pleural biopsy, local anaesthetic (or "medical") thoracoscopy and indwelling pleural catheters

Guidance is generic and each hospital will need to carefully assess its own staffing, procedure capability and resources to create a suitable and applicable LocSSIPs document. 

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