Code Blue Resources is now a distributor for the PC-900B handheld waveform capnography/pulse oximeter device! This device is a must have for BLS first responders, dentists performing sedation procedures . . . and many others.
Waveform capnography monitors track end-tidal carbon dioxide (etCO2) with the use of circuits (nasal cannula type devices are typically used for breathing patients). This measured concentration of carbon dioxide in exhaled air creates a capnography waveform to immediately detect changes that could signal respiratory distress or failure. Pulse oximeters, which had been the standard of care in in many settings, take much longer to register respiratory distress. This is because oxygen levels in blood can remain normal for several minutes after a patient stops breathing.
Differences between capnography and pulse oximetry
These differences are the reasons why capnography is considered superior to pulse oximetry. Factors like high incidence of respiratory failure in pediatric patients and pulse oximeter limitations have led to the increased use of capnography throughout the world. Major regulatory bodies are also endorsing the use of capnography.
Consider the following: