Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Capnography Monitoring: Yesterday’s Luxury, Today’s Necessity During Conscious Sedation

Matt Kurrek, MD, FRCPC (Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto) and Richard Merchant, MD, FRCPC (Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Anesthesia, Pharmacology & Therapeutics) coauthored an editorial, “Yesterday’s Luxury, Today’s Necessity,” after the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society [CSA] published its revised 2012 guidelines to the practice of anesthesia. The CSA guidelines emphasize the need for end tidal CO2 monitoring during conscious sedation. In this podcast, Drs. Kurrek and Merchant discuss why capnography monitoring may have been considered yesterday’s luxury, but is now a necessity during procedures involving conscious sedation.