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The Impact of High-flow Nasal Cannula vs Other Oxygen Delivery Devices during Bronchoscopy under Sedation: A Systematic Review and Meta-analyses

Damarla Haritha, Soumya Sarkar

Keywords : Bronchoscopy, High-flow nasal cannula, Noninvasive ventilation

Citation Information : Haritha D, Sarkar S. The Impact of High-flow Nasal Cannula vs Other Oxygen Delivery Devices during Bronchoscopy under Sedation: A Systematic Review and Meta-analyses. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (10):1131-1140.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24339

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-09-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Background: The widespread diagnostic and therapeutic application of bronchoscopy is often associated with complications like desaturation. This systematic review and meta-analysis intend to scrutinize whether the high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is advantageous for providing respiratory support during bronchoscopic procedures under sedation, in comparison with other conventional modalities for oxygen therapy. Materials and methods: A thorough screening of electronic databases was done till 31st December 2021 after obtaining registration in PROSPERO (CRD42021245420). Randomized controlled trials (RCT), evaluating the impact of HFNC and standard/any other oxygen-delivery devices during bronchoscopy were included in this meta-analysis. Results: We retrieved in nine RCTs, with a total of 1306 patients, the application of HFNC during bronchoscopy led to decreased number of desaturation spells [relative risk (RR) 0.34, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.27–0.44, I2 = 23%], higher nadir value of SpO2 [Mean difference (MD) 4.30, 95% CI 2.41–6.19, I2 = 96%], and improved PaO2 from baseline (MD 21.77, 95% CI 2.8–40.74, I2 = 99%), along with similar PaCO2 values (MD –0.34, 95% CI –1.82 to 1.13, I2 = 58%) just after the procedure. However, apart from desaturation spell, the findings are significantly heterogeneous. In subgroup analysis, HFNC had significantly lesser desaturation spells and better oxygenation than low-flow devices, but in comparison to noninvasive ventilation (NIV) had a lower nadir value of SpO2 with no other significant difference. Conclusion: High-flow nasal cannula led to greater oxygenation and prevented desaturation spells more effectively in comparison with low-flow devices like nasal cannula, venturi mask, etc., and may be considered as an alternative to NIV during bronchoscopy in certain high-risk patients.

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