Capnography Monitor

What is a capnography monitor?

A capnography monitor is a device that measures carbon dioxide. The capnography monitor is attached to tubing near the end of the breathing or tracheostomy tube. Carbon dioxide measurement is an important part of monitoring lung function. The carbon dioxide values from the capnography monitor are often displayed on the bedside monitor.

When is a capnography monitor used?

A capnography monitor is used when the patient's condition may effect the carbon dioxide levels in the blood. The capnography monitor is also used to confirm that a breathing tube is in the pateint's airway.

Does use of a capnography monitor hurt?

The use of a capnography monitor does not hurt.

How long is a capnography monitor used?

The capnography monitor is used as long as the patient requires close monitoring of the carbon dioxide level.

Are there any complications associated with use of a capnography monitor?

Several factors may cause false readings of the carbon dioxide level. The capnography monitor has an alarm system that will signal the nurse or doctor if this happens.

Capnography waveform (ETCO2 - 16) displayed on a bedside monitor Capnography waveform (ETCO2 - 36) displayed on a bedside monitor