CE: Capnography Self-Study Program

Successful completion of this activity awards 1 contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit or 1 contact hour of Respiratory CRCE credit. 

Course Overview
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.

After completing the capnography course the participant will be able to:
 -Define ETCO2
 -Describe various clinical applications of ETCO2
 -Illustrate the relationship between exhaled and arterial ETCO2
 -Identify common waveforms

Course Length: One Hour

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.


1 Go to Smiths Medical Online Training Portal www.smiths-medical-education.com and register for access
2 If you have previously registered on the Smiths Medical Online Portal for product training, enter your log-in details in the “Returning User” section. Once logged in, click on the "Add new course" button on the right side of the screen.
3 Enter the following registration code: SMCEALL (Note: This code will provide access to all of our continuing education courses)
4 First time users will be prompted to register and create a user name and password.
5 Once logged into the system, select “Continuing Education Course on Capnography.” Read the course materials and instructions overview located at the top of the screen. The self-study and course overview are provided under the “documents” section.
6 Click on “Test”, left hand side of screen, then select “Take test” when completed click “Submit”. A score of 80% or greater is needed to pass. You may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass.
7 Select “Evaluation” left hand side of screen, then select “Take evaluation” and when completed click “Submit”. All users must successfully complete the activity including the post test and evaluation to view and print their Certificate of Completion.
8 Print or save certificate for your records.
  • For questions please email: continuing.education@smiths-medical.com
  • This course may only be completed once for contact hour credit.
  • Please refer to the online portal for course expiration date.
  • Records for educational activities will be maintained for five years.

Successful completion of this activity awards 1 contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit or 1 contact hour of Respiratory CRCE credit.


Accreditation – Nursing

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

Approval as a provider refers only to this continuing education activity and does not imply California Board of Registered Nursing endorsement of any commercial products.

Accreditation – Respiratory

Select programs are approved for contact hour continuing respiratory care education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX, 75063. Program approval refers only to the continuing education activities and does not imply AARC endorsement of any commercial products

Commercial Support

These continuing education activities are supported by Smiths Medical North America. Please note that all Smiths Medical training options may not be available in all global regions.