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End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide as a Measure of Stress Response to Clustered Nursing Interventions in Neurologic Patients

Author(s): Laura Genzler, RN, BSN, Pamela Jo Johnson, MPH, PhD, Neha Ghildayal, BSB, Sarah Pangarakis, APRN, BC, RN, and Sue Sendelbach, RN, PhD, CCNS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 01, 2017

Topics: Pulmonary, Neurology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Guidelines recommend rest periods between nursing interventions for patients with a neurologic diagnosis but do not specify a safe number of interventions.


  • Discuss nursing recommendations for patients with a neurological diagnosis and end-tidal carbon dioxide level/intracranial pressure (ETCO2/ICP) changes.
  • Describe the physiological stress response to clustered nursing interventions in neurological patients receiving mechanical ventilation.
  • Discuss the importance of clustering nursing activities to minimize increased ICP and ETCO2 changes.

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