By Sean Hulsman
Capnography is now a standard tool in the treatment and assessment of patients with respiratory or airway compromise. Nearly as important as understanding capnography is knowing how to teach it. Preceptors and field training officers may be the best source of information a new provider will get on ETCO2 and waveforms....
While capnography has long been recognized as the standard of care in the operating room and ICU, only recently has the utility of this monitoring modality in other acute care areas received increased attention.
In 2010, the American Heart Association updated their Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) guidelines to include capnography as a required standard of care for use by “Code Team” members.