Continuous capnography beneficial during mechanical ventilation

The American Association of Respiratory Care developed a clinical policy describing the benefit of continuous capnography during mechanical ventilation.  This policy statement recommends continuous capnometry during mechanical ventilation for a number of reasons:


  • 1.  It confirms that the endotracheal tube is in good position
  • 2.  Confirms the integrity of the ventilator circuit
  • 3.  Confirms adequate ventilation and tube placement during transports
  • 4.  Monitors the adequacy of CO2 elimination and the dead space/tidal volume ratio (Vd/Vt)
  • 5.  Useful during CPR to optimize chest compressions and determine the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)


Resp Care. 2011; 56(4): 503-509.

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