An RT is assisting during a flexible bronchoscopy on a spontaneously breathing patient that is…

An RT is assisting during a flexible bronchoscopy on a
spontaneously breathing patient that is taking longer than expected because
other adjunctive procedures, including BAL. Shortly after instilling the lavage
solution into the airway through the bronchoscope, the patient’s O2
saturation drops from 97% to 88% via pulse oximetry, their heart rate increases
from 90 to 118 and the patient’s skin color changes from pink to pale. What
condition that an RT should consider in this situation?

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