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Course: Nursing - Accredited Courses

Module: Capnography: Principles and Application (Nursing)

Module Description:
Capnography, the monitoring of ETCO2 and the capnographic waveform is currently used in many areas of the hospital. Understanding the clinical application of CO2 monitoring is important when utilizing this technology. This presentation will describe the various methods of CO2 monitoring and the physiology of ventilation-perfusion relationships. Describe the aspects of the normal capnogram, clinical interpretation of ETCO2 values, analyzing the capnogram and appropriate clinical interventions. You must receive a score of 90% or better on the post test to receive your certificate.


Learning Objectives
• Describe the advantages of mainstream vs. sidestream CO2 technology
• Discuss normal and abnormal ventilation/perfusion relationships
• Identify and discuss the phases of a normal capnogram
• Discuss the ETCO2/PaCO2 gradient and its clinical application
• Interpret abnormal capnograms and clinical interventions


The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050 for 1.0 Contact Hours.


This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 1.0 Contact Hours.



Author: Philips Respiratory Care
About the author: Philips Hospital Respiratory Care Medical Education Department offers a variety of ways for you to enrich your clinical experience and meet the growing demand for continuing education. We offer a variety of educational opportunities, from workshops to self-directed learning tools and online continuing education. We can help you better understand new applications for emerging technology or gain insight into "Best Practice" applications to improve your clinical expertise in the changing world of monitoring, treating and ventilating the respiratory impaired patient. Please contact your Philips Hospital Respiratory Care Account Manager or Clinical Specialist for more information.

Sponsor and/or Accreditation: California Board of Registered Nursing (Nursing Contact Hours)
Credits: 1.00
Price: $0.00
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
Credits: 1.00
Price: $0.00