Capnography Monitoring Systems and Hypoxia
One of the single most important roles of capnography monitoring systems is to monitor patients who have been sedated through anesthesia. A persistent concern for anesthesiologists is to ensure that their patients are not experiencing or at risk for hypoxia, which is a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the body’s various tissues. When hypoxia occurs, the oxygen supply to part (or all) of the body has been compromised, which can rapidly result in irreversible tissue damage and potentially death. Specifically, hypoxia in the brain is the single biggest fear, and having capnography monitoring systems tracking exhaled CO2 to monitor for oxygen deficiency is an indispensible tool.
Capnography monitoring systems work by measuring exhaled breath from the patient. The amount of carbon dioxide present indicates the cardiac output of the patient and helps ensure that carbon dioxide concentration is at its highest levels at the end of exhalation. When the concentration of gas is off balance, it can indicate that the body is experiencing a deprivation of oxygen, which is an emergency situation that requires immediate response. As a result, capnography monitoring has become absolutely essential in the operating room.
However, capnography monitoring systems also have their utility outside of the OR. This technology is frequently used in many other medical settings. Paramedics, for instance, often use end tidal CO2 readings to monitor for hypoventilation or hyperventilation.
At Infinium Medical, we know how essential capnography monitoring systems are to healthcare providers and are pleased to offer the Infinium CO2. This state-of-the-art system features a sidestream method for monitoring end tidal CO2 levels and can be used with both intubated and non-intubated patients. To learn more about the many advantages to this system and our other vital signs monitoring solutions, contact us today.