Capnography for Critical Care Nurses

Essentials of Capnography

The lecture duration is 34min.

0.75 CPD Points, 0.75 CEUs, 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and EB Medicine.

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Thomas Ahrens
Nurse, researcher, and educator at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, USA
Lecture Summary

Capnography has the unique ability to aid clinicians in assessing both ventilation and blood flow. In this program, a review of the physiology that allows exhaled CO2 to monitor ventilation and perfusion is presented. The emphasis in this program is using capnography to prevent over-sedation and monitoring of blood flow. Due to the ability to assess both ventilation and perfusion, capnography has been called the “15-second vital sign”. The use of capnography is likely to quickly grow throughout the hospital and even into pre-hospital settings.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors
Emergency Medicine Doctors and Nurses

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Recall the relationship between PaCO2 and PetCO2 levels
  • Discuss how the reason why capnography is a rapid assessment of inadequate ventilation and perfusion
  • Discuss how capnography can reflect a patient at risk for over-sedation
  • Describe the 4 key applications of capnography in patient monitoring

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

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