Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

January 26, 2019
12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
Split Rock Room

Description: The American Heart Association has deemed Capnography the gold standard for many years in assessing circulatory status and confirming ETT placement.  But we aren’t just applying it to assessing the severity of a respiratory distress any longer; we use it for post anesthesia, assessing the efficiency of compressions during CPR, monitor patients on magnesium drips, and many more applications.    This presentation goes through how ETC02 is created, exhaled and a step-by-step method for analyzing waveforms and assessing the respiratory and circulatory status of your patient.


  • Understand how ETC02 can be a prognostic indicator to survival with high quality CPR
  • Explain how metabolism and perfusion are correlated with ETC02 production
  • List at least three factors that contribute to high ETC02 levels.
  • List at least three factors that contribute to low ETC02 levels.
  • List at least three common indicators for utilizing ETC02 monitoring
  • List at least two differences between pulse Oximetry and ETC02 monitoring

Session Category :  Advanced Life Support  Basic Life Support  General 

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