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HealthStream®: Capnography in the Management of the Critically Ill Patient


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Respiratory insufficiency/failure is the primary diagnosis leading to most critical care unit admissions and these patients often require intensive observation/monitoring as well as ventilator support. As a result, ICU staff regularly relies on technology to ensure patient safety and improve patient outcomes. Capnography has long been recognized as a standard of care in the critical care unit. However, in order to successfully implement capnography monitoring for critically ill patients, respiratory care professionals need to understand the applications of the technology in the critical care environment as well as how to interpret the information gained through monitoring, that will help bring about positive outcomes in patient care. This continuing education activity will focus on the use of capnography to monitor critically ill patients. Specifically, the activity will discuss the information gained from capnography and the application of this technology in critical care. Commonly encountered capnography waveforms will be reviewed and appropriate responses to changes in patient condition will be outlined.

This program has been approved for 1 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425, N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100, Irving TX 75063.

Commercially supported through Grant Funds given by Covidien Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions.


Unless cited, the content and conclusion of this course are solely those of the course provider. HealthStream® is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.