ETCO2: Back to the basics

We are limited on the amount of objective information available during prehospital care; don’t ignore this vital piece of the puzzle


The capnography tracing is an excellent tool that gives us insight into cellular metabolism, perfusion and ventilation. This can yield vital information in multiple critical patient care decision processes.

In this episode of the MCHD Paramedic Podcast, join MCHD Medical Directors Dr. Robert Dickson and Dr. Casey Patrick as they walk through some ETCO2 interpretation basics, as well as the common uses and clinical scenarios where ETCO2 can change patient management.


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