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This course is an updated version of CO2 Monitoring (V7151).
Expiration Date: September 30, 2018
C02 concentration is an important measure of disease severity and response to treatment. This course discusses types of analyzers, factors affecting PETCO2, PaCO2-PETCO2 gradient, normal and abnormal capnograms, and uses of capnography (graphic representation of carbon dioxide). This is critical information to have to effectively evaluate and maintain ventilation of patients. Both mainstream and sidestream ventilation are also addressed with visual examples of each.
- Define capnography.
- Describe the technological principles of measuring PETCO2.
- List the advantages and disadvantages of the three common types of CO2 monitoring devices.
- Describe the factors affecting the exhaled CO2 results.
- Describe the characteristics and four phases of a normal SBCO2 capnogram.
- State the normal ETCO2 value and PaCO2-PETCO2 gradient.
- Describe the clinical factors that may affect the PETCO2 result and the PaCO2-PETCO2 gradient.
- List at least three clinical uses of capnography.
- Interpret normal and abnormal capnography waveforms.
- Compare the characteristics and application of PETCO2 and VCO2.
- Apply knowledge obtained in this lesson in a clinical practice exercise.
Kevin T. Martin, BVE, RRT, RCP, was the founder of Respiratory Care Educational Consulting Services, Inc. (RCECS).
David Chang, EdD, RRT-NPS, is a professor of the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. He has served on many committees and in many capacities at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), National Board for Respiratory Care, and Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Chang’s special interest is in research and mechanical ventilation. He has published 5 textbooks and developed an open source website rtexam.com for students and practitioners. In his spare time, Dr. Chang conducts training sessions for students and educators at the state, national, and international levels.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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