A respiratory therapist (RT) is assisting during a flexible bronchoscopy. The patient had local…

A respiratory therapist (RT) is assisting during a flexible
bronchoscopy. The patient had local anesthesia with lidocaine nebulization and
benzocaine spray. The patient developed central cyanosis and his oxygen
saturation dropped to 85% via pulse oximetry. The procedure was aborted. An
arterial blood gas check showed pH, 7.43; PCO2, 43; and PO2, 279; with an O2
saturation of 85%. What condition should an RT consider in this situation?

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