Glendale Adventist Medical Center: Using Capnography to Effectively Measure How Patients Are Breathing
Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, California, recently strengthened patient safety measures by expanding its use of capnography to monitor patients during moderate sedation. Capnography measures how effectively patients are breathing and can alert medical caregivers when life-threatening respiratory depression occurs. By measuring the amount of CO2 the patient is exhaling, capnography provides the earliest indication of evolving respiratory compromise, which can lead to significant morbidity or even cardiopulmonary arrest if undetected.
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