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A Systematic Approach to Capnography Waveforms

A Systematic Approach to Capnography Waveforms

Capnography was first proposed for use in the operating room in 1978 and has since become the standard of care for monitoring ventilation.1 Capnography is rapidly growing in use for intubated and non-intubated applications across hospital environments including the ICU, resuscitation, procedural sedation, and postoperative monitoring of patients receiving opioid analgesia. 1,2 When used appropriately, [...]

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When CPAP Is Not Working

Assessing and Treating Deteriorating Respiratory Failure Patients Effectiveness of CPAP monitored with nasal capnography. Photo by Joe Hopple. Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation such as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) has become a standard of care for the prehospital respiratory distress patients. It helps prevent patients from intubation1, which is thought to improve patient outcomes. However, [...]

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CPAP: From the Beginning Until Now

Although originally intended to treat prehospital patients in pulmonary edema resulting from heart failure, CPAP is now indicated for virtually any condition resulting in significant dyspnea accompanied by signs and symptoms of increased work of breathing.

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