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HealthStream®: Standards for Capnography During Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)


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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. The AHA recommends the use of capnography to verify endotracheal tube placement, monitor the effectiveness of CPR, and to identify return of spontaneous circulation during CPR. Clearly, the AHA recognizes the utility of capnography in saving lives outside of the operating room. In the future, capnography monitoring can be expected to continue to grow and evolve within the hospital environment as well as in the out-of-hospital setting. In order to successfully implement capnography monitoring during ACLS, nurses must be knowledgeable about the specific American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations and standards for capnography. This course will discuss the basics of capnography monitoring and applications of capnography in airway management and CPR, following current AHA guidelines.

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.

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


Accreditation refers to educational content only and does not imply AARC, ANCC, CBRN, IABRN, WVERPN, FLBRN or HealthStream® endorsement or promotion of any product or service.