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Our cohosts tackle a contentious topic – including waveform capnography into the EMT Scope of Practice; do you agree?

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Inside EMS cohosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson respond to the social media discussion on a recent EMS1 article: “Should waveform capnography be in the EMT scope of practice?”

The comments on the topic were divided:

  • “If you can bag or insert an airway, you should be able to use ETCO2. As others have said, it’s a fantastic tool for all levels of clinical practice.”
  • “They need to be good at what is already in their scope of practice and most of the aren’t. They’re just medic dependent.”
  • ”... Why is this even a question? Absolutely yes.”

Our cohosts discuss how to train EMTs for this skill and how to make it a reality in the educational process. Chris offers his take on the topic and suggests that nothing needs to be added to the EMT curriculum; instead, he believes it’s the responsibility of the agency to teach this skill.

What do you think? Listen to Chris and Kelly’s conversation and leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

This article was originally posted Nov. 11, 2022. It has been updated.

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