Every Breath You Take: End-Tidal CO2 (EtCO2): A Strategy to Monitor Ventilation and Perfusion

Author(s): Waters David

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Monitoring, Pulmonary

Population: Pediatric, Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

End-tidal CO2 (EtCO2) monitoring is routinely used during mechanical ventilation, procedural sedation and resuscitation. To facilitate safe care, nurses must have a good understanding of this monitoring method. This introductory session explores the physiology of ventilation and perfusion and the use of EtCO2 monitoring to evaluate physiological status. Real-time patient simulation is applied to explore EtCO2 waveforms. National guidance and care considerations are discussed.


  • Explain the physiology associated with ventilation and perfusion and the role of EtCO2 monitoring to evaluate these elements.
  • Describe the components of normal and abnormal EtCO2 waveforms/trends, and their clinical significance in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Outline the national guidance, patient care recommendations and safety considerations for all patients receiving EtCO2 monitoring.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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