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Capnography Monitoring Significantly Improves Patient Safety during Procedural Sedation in the Emergency Department
Date:11/4/2009

A recent clinical study, "Does End Tidal CO2 Monitoring during Emergency Department Procedural Sedation and Analgesia with Propofol Decrease the Incidence of Hypoxic Events? A Randomized, Controlled Trial", in the U.S. demonstrates that the use of continuous capnography monitoring improves patient safety during procedural sedation by serving as an early warning system for respiratory depression.

Jerusalem, Israel and Needham, MA (PRWEB) November 4, 2009 -- Oridion Systems Ltd. (SIX Swiss Exchange: ORIDN) A recent clinical study, "Does End Tidal CO2 Monitoring during Emergency Department Procedural Sedation and Analgesia with Propofol Decrease the Incidence of Hypoxic Events? A Randomized, Controlled Trial", in the U.S. demonstrates that the use of continuous capnography monitoring improves patient safety during procedural sedation by serving as an early warning system for respiratory depression.

Conducted in the Emergency Department at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia from November 2006 to February 2008, the study found that in 132 patients receiving propofol sedation, the addition of capnography to standard monitoring reduced hypoxia by 17%, increased interventions to improve respiratory status by 18%, and identified in advance all occurrences of hypoxia. Hypoxia is the loss of adequate oxygen supply to the body.

The study concluded that "the addition of capnography to standard monitoring reduced hypoxia and provided advance warning for all hypoxic events".

Capnography, the continuous monitoring of exhaled carbon dioxide (etCO2), can detect changes in ventilation, alerting clinicians to potential breathing problems that can lead to respiratory distress or failure. In this study, a Capnostream™20 bedside monitor (Microstream® technology) was used to monitor capnography for the blinded group.

The study was con
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