Instructions To The Patient

Sources: A Manual Of Peroral Endoscopy And Laryngeal Surgery

Before beginning endoscopy the

patient should be told that he will feel a very disagreeable pressure

on his neck and that he may feel as though he were about to choke. He

must be gently but positively made to understand (1) that while the

procedure is alarming, it is absolutely free from danger; (2) that you

know just how it feels; (3) that you will not allow his breath to be

shut off completely; (4) that he can help you and himself very much by

paying close attention to breathing deeply and regularly; (5) and that

he must not draw himself up rigidly as though walking on ice, but

must be easy and relaxed.