Course Description

This self-study program is designed to provide an introduction to the use of capnography. Capnography is an integral tool to assist the clinician with in-depth patient assessment.

Early intervention is critical to avert respiratory depression and improve the quality of care and ultimately patient outcomes. Capnography instantaneously monitors breath-to-breath carbon dioxide concentration and provides a picture of the patient’s metabolic, circulatory and ventilatory status.

This program will explore how capnography can assist the clinician in identifying clinical conditions that predispose patients to respiratory complication along with application for transport and resuscitation.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define end-tidal CO2 (EtCO2)
  • Describe various clinical applications of EtCO2
  • Illustrate the relationship between exhaled and arterial EtCO2
  • Identify common waveforms
Intended Audience

This self-study program is designed for healthcare professionals interested in enhancing their personal and professional development by participating in self-paced CE programs based on current research and practice.

Accreditation – Nursing

ICU Medical Clinical Education Provider Unit is approved for providing continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP 15005.

Accreditation – Respiratory

Select programs are approved for contact hour continuing respiratory care education (CRCE) credit by: American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX, 75063


Course Length
One hour

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