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Five Reasons to Use an All-in-One Capnography Monitoring Solution During Procedural Sedation

Top Five Benefits of All-in-One Capnography Monitoring

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) advocates for continuous use of both pulse oximetry and capnography, along with visual monitoring, for patients under moderate to deep sedation. Continuous monitoring of oxygenation and ventilation provides for early identification of respiratory compromise1.

In this blog article, we’ll highlight the top five intended benefits of the OxyMask™* EtCO2 with Microstream™ connector, an all-in-one solution that uses an innovative open mask design.  Available in three sizes to fit virtually all patients. This approach to capnography monitoring reduces device exchanges and expands the range of O2 delivery to help ensure:

  • Oxygen therapy compliance
  • End tidal CO2 monitoring
  • Access to patients’ airways for upper endoscopy procedures

Related: Learn about society guidelines supporting capnography monitoring. Watch the educational video.

1: Help Improve Patient Comfort and Care

OxyMask™* EtCO2 with Microstream™ connector offers a choice of three easy-to-adjust mask sizes, ensuring proper fit and position. The clear, open design helps improve patient comfort by reducing claustrophobic feelings and increasing communication between you and your patient.2-4  

Additionally, it may help you streamline patient care delivery, because the solution integrates easily with existing Microstream™ capnography monitors and Microstream™-enabled monitoring technology for oxygenation and ventilation management.

Related: See how easy it is to get the right fit and position. Learn more about how to use the mask.

2: Expand Your Range of Oxygen Therapy

Respond to different oxygen needs by simply increasing or decreasing oxygen meter flow from 1 lpm up to 15 lpm to deliver 24–65 percent FiO2 while continuously monitoring expired CO2. The exhaled breath from the nose or mouth is captured by the mask’s diffuser cup.

Related: Learn more about how OxyMask™* EtCO2 with Microstream™ connector offers a clear picture of oxygenation and ventilation. Get the facts.

3: Increase Accessibility for Upper Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy Procedures

The mask openings allow for endoscope and bronchoscope access, suctioning and nasogastric tube placement, while monitoring expired CO2 and maintaining continuous oxygen therapy.

Related: Discover how OxyMask™* EtCO2 with Microstream™ connector offers access. Get the facts.

4: Leverage an Alternative to Traditional CO2 Sampling Interfaces

End-tidal CO2 monitoring and oxygen delivery are straightforward tasks using the OxyMask™* EtCO2 with Microstream™ connector.  The CO2 sampling line is integrated into the mask, eliminating the need for separate oxygen mask and sampling line.

This all-in-one capnography monitoring and oxygen delivery solution may enable hospitals to purchase fewer products, reduce medical waste, and spend less time managing inventory.

Related: See how easy it is to get the right fit and position. Learn more about how to use the mask. 

5: Help Streamline Clinician Workflow

Connect to any Microstream™ capnography monitor or to monitors enabled with Microstream™ technology. 

Microstream™ capnography serves virtually all patient populations, from neonate to adult in all clinical environments. The technology offers simple plug-and-play setup in addition to functions that may help streamline workflow:

  • Reduce nuisance alarms using smart clinical alarm management.5
  • Receive real-time indication of ventilation changes.
  • Track apnea events, etCO2, SpO2, and respiration rate continuously.

Explore the advantages of Microstream™ technology. Download an overview that describes smart algorithms for breath detection, alarm management, and more. 

OxyMask™* distributed by Medtronic. Manufactured by Southmedic.

1. ASA Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring, Committee of Origin: Standards and Practice Parameters (Approved by the ASA House of Delegates on October 21, 1986, and last amended on October 20, 2010 with an effective date of July 1, 2011, excerpt from section 3.2.4.
2. Dinesen T, McDonald L, McDonald S. A comparison of the oxyarm oxygen delivery device and standard nasal cannulae in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. Resp Care. 2003; 48 (2): 120-123.
3. Ling E, McDonald L, Dinesen TRJ.  The OxyArm- a new minimal contact oxygen delivery system for mouth or nose breathing.  Can J Anaesth.2002 Mar; 49(3): 297-301.
4. Futrell JW, Moore JL. The OxyArm: A Supplemental Oxygen Delivery Device. 2006. 102: 491-494.
5. HockmanS, GlembotT, NiebelK. Comparison of capnography derived respiratory rate alarm frequency using the SARA algorithm versus an established non-adaptiverespiratory rate alarm management algorithm in bariatric surgical patients. RespCare. 2009 Open Forum Abstract. December 2009.

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TOPIC: Microstream™ Capnography, Procedural Sedation

About the Author

Ray Mundy is a Product Specialist for Microstream™ Capnography and Nellcor™ pulse oximetry at Medtronic. With a background in critical care nursing and more than 15 years’ experience working with Mircostream™ Capnography, he provides technical solution support across the care continuum.

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