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What Emergency Medical Services Can Teach Us About Keeping Patients Alive & Capnography

Chris Cebollero, a nationally recognized emergency medical services (EMS) leader, author, and advocate recently wrote an article, “Capnography: What EMS chiefs and leaders need to know”. In this article, Mr. Cebollero writes about how capnography may improve patient care and outcomes:

While assessing patients, the knowledge we gather from vital signs allows our clinicians to make precise diagnoses and employ the appropriate management and treatment. Capnography is often referred to as the seventh vital sign, and can be used in intubated and nonintubated patients. Combining all vital sign information, especially as they change over time, allows our personnel to drill down on both ventilation and perfusion status.

A great example of using capnography to assess a patient is Howard Snitzer. Read More