Who is this course for?

Is this course for me?

If both using and interpreting the Capnography Multi-Parameter machine has your head in a spin, then this gem of a bitesize course is definitely for you.

First off, it is important to understand the meaning of several terms relevant to capnography which is where this course starts.

Capnography is a very useful tool in general anaesthesia to allow us to more effectively monitor our patients, as well as helping us to provide a safer, more stable anaesthetic when we utilise this very helpful piece of equipment.

At the end of this course, you will be a lot more confident at using and interpreting capnography for all patients that are anaesthetised and intubated.

Capnography is only really accurate when used on intubated patients as it requires a tight seal between the breathing apparatus and machine.

All our courses include small bitesize videos with an accompanying workbook, so you don't have to write a single word (unless you want an excuse to get your stationary out 😉)

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What Will I Learn?

  • Why Use Capnography? and What is It?

  • Capnography Pros and Cons

  • How is a Capnograph Trace Formed?

  • Abnormal EtCO2 levels, what do they mean?

  • Causes of Hypercapnia

  • Waveform on the capnograph

  • Capnography during CPR

Some important points you need to know.

  • How long is this course and do I get a certificate?

    Upon completion of this 1-Hour on-demand CPD Course, you will receive a certificate to download and keep for your records.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    Great news is that you have lifetime access with your enrolment, so completely learn at your own pace and no stressful deadlines.

  • What do I get with this course?

    This course comes with a comprehensive course workbook, interactive activities to complete and MCQ's at the end to release your CPD accredited certificate for 1 Hours/Credits.

  • How is this course presented?

    Our courses are more than just a webinar.

    You will be taken through easy to digest bitesize chunks of learning, via a series of informative tutor video presented slides.

    Research shows, that online learning knowledge is easier to retain and absorb if video content is used rather than just audio, which is easier to just switch off from and become distracted. This way you can have a human connection to your tutor which is so important.

    So that's what we do...

Why is Understanding Capnography So Important?

Well firstly, we need to ask ourselves, why is it important to measure the levels of CO2 in our patients?

Carbon Dioxide is a waste gas that is created during metabolic processes and is excreted from the blood, via the lungs, into the atmosphere. The presence of CO2 is vital in driving the ventilatory mechanisms in a patient and therefore a delicate balance needs to be achieved to prevent complications for the patient.

With low levels of carbon dioxide being detected in the blood, ventilation will decrease, or even cease altogether. This can create quite a rocky anaesthetic as then the patient is not breathing in anaesthetic gases, meaning they can become light and reactive to noxious stimulus.

With high levels of carbon dioxide being detected in the blood, ventilation will speed up, this can be harmful to our patients as it causes not only respiratory rate to increase, but also an increase in heart rate and blood pressure through sympathetic stimulation. The hypercapnia caused my high levels of carbon dioxide (hypercapnia) can also make the anaesthetist think that the patient is too light and reactive, therefore increasing the level of inhaled anaesthetic agent, however the reverse is actually true in this situation and increasing the volatile agent could be detrimental to the patient.

Hypercapnia causes respiratory acidosis which lowers the blood PH to below 7.35, the patient’s body then tries to correct this using other organ systems. High CO2 levels can cause cerebral vasodilation in the brain, which in a patient that already has, or is at risk of, raised inter-cranial pressure can prove fatal.

This is where the use of capnography is not only a useful tool, but could also be life-threatening in the absence of. Therefore, the use of a capnograph alongside other parameter monitoring is vital in ensuring we have the full picture to keep our anaesthetised animals as safe as possible.

Instructor(s)

RVN FdSc

Joanna Christoffersen

Hello! My name is Joanna, I have been nursing for a little over 11 years and qualified for nearly 9 years. I have worked in a variety of practices, from mixed practice, small animal first opinion practices and then I spent just over 7 years in referral, where I have worked a variety of positions. I have most recently been a night nurse, prior to that I was one of the surgery/neurology nurses and again prior to that I worked rotation through wards, medicine, imaging, surgery and neuro. I recently left referral and am now working in a busy first opinion practice, where we treat small animal patients, including our fair share of exotics. I am loving being back in first opinion and feel that this job could never get boring! I enjoy a bit of every area of nursing, but my favourites by far have to be anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, as well as imaging (x-rays are by far my favourite!) I think all these areas are often pretty well linked and are all equally important parts of our day-to-day life in practice! At home I live with my husband, my two young sons (5 & 3) and my menagerie of fur babies as well, including one very attached dog who wishes he could go with me wherever I go! It is my goal in life to not only provide the best care for my patients, but also be the best role model I can be for my children and show them that, if you are passionate about something in life, then you work hard to get to where you want to be.

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Eleanor

Eleanor Woodward

Really good course, with excellent notes so you can watch and properly listen, rather than trying to scribble everything down at the same time.

Really good course, with excellent notes so you can watch and properly listen, rather than trying to scribble everything down at the same time.

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Very helpful

Jo Brenson

Really good speaker, nice & easy to follow & everything well explained.

Really good speaker, nice & easy to follow & everything well explained.

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Understanding Capnography a beginners guide

Michelle Holliday

Very thorough and informative. Having not used Capnography for many years, this was fantastic revision

Very thorough and informative. Having not used Capnography for many years, this was fantastic revision

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