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Waveform Capnography in Cardiac Arrest

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You may be familiar with those yellow tracings on the monitor, but do you know how the robust data contained within them can be used? We show you how to leverage the full power of waveform capnography here.

The Digital Learning Space


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Rapid Review

The Basic ETCO2 Waveform

The upstroke of this waveform begins with expiration and plateaus as the end of expiration, where the ETCO2 reading is taken. (35-45 mmHg is normal). The downstroke is inspiration. Review this waveform here.

Important Waveform Patterns.

The height and shape of the waveform can tell you a lot about the cardiac output and the respiratory and ventilatory status of your patient.

ETCO2. It’s not just for endotracheal tubes. Remember, you can attach the device to a supraglottic airway and a BVM to assist in your cardiac arrest airway managment. Here’s how.

Tools of the Trade

How to set up Waveform Capnography

You can ask for ETCO2 monitoring for you patient, but it’s even better to know how to do it yourself. Watch this video an learn how.

Learning Network

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Physical Learning Space

Guided Practice & Coaching

HANDS-ON training

Remember, if you’re in one of our pop-up learning spaces or a PAC Live event, find this icon and use the multimedia tools for hands-on guided practice.

  1. Look for this icon.
  2. Snap the QR code.
  3. Begin your hands-on practice.
  4. Get feedback on your skills.

Don’t forget to ask our faculty coaches for real-time expert feedback and earn points!

Earn Points

  1. Open the guide to a tab on your browser.
  2. Visit each poster & review the content.
  3. Complete any challenges to earn points.

What’s Next


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