This course is designed for nurse clinicians that care for ventilated patients in the ICU, emergency medicine, or post-anesthesia care unit setting. End-tidal CO2 monitoring is a method of measuring a patient’s ventilation and can also give cues into cardiac status. Although end-tidal C02 monitoring has long been used in the operating room for ventilated patients, it is quickly becoming a highly used monitor in intensive care unit, post-anesthesia care unit, and other nursing areas (Bauman & Cosgrove, 2012). Another name for end-tidal monitoring is waveform capnography. This e-learning course will examine the science behind ETCO2 monitoring, the types of devices used to monitor ETCO2 and how ETCO2 can guide a nurse’s assessments and decision-making. Through gaining a fuller understanding of ETCO2 monitoring, nursing can enhance patient safety (Bauman & Cosgrove, 2012).
The purpose of this course is to educate nurses on the use of end-tidal CO2 monitoring, interpretation, and application in real-world healthcare settings.
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Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
Chapter 1: Outline and Introduction
Chapter 2: Types of Monitors
Chapter 3: Uses in the Ventilated Patient
Chapter 4: Uses in the Non-Ventilated Patient
Chapter 5: Interpreting ETCO2 Waveforms
Chapter 6: Conclusion
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