etCO2 in sedation

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by Xananne Xananne (New) New

Hey everyone!

Im a singaporean nursing student doing my internship.

I noticed that etCO2 is monitored for patients on sedation and I'm not sure why... please help!

Silverdragon102, BSN

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Coffee Nurse

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Specializes in NICU. Has 13 years experience. 954 Posts

Hey everyone!

Im a singaporean nursing student doing my internship.

I noticed that etCO2 is monitored for patients on sedation and I'm not sure why... please help!

Ask one of the nurses you're working with?

AliNajaCat

AliNajaCat

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See if you can reason this out.

1) What IS etCO2? What is it measuring? Where does that CO2 come from, and what path does it take to get from the blood to the monitor?

2) What causes exhaled CO2 to increase? Decrease? Do we care about any of those things?

3) Do we specifically care about any of those things in people who are sedated? Why?

After you read that great little article, answer all three of these and you'll always know.