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Required Capnography Monitoring Growing Trend Among National and State Healthcare Organizations

Louisville, Ky. (PRWEB) June 19, 2013

Dental professionals are increasingly monitoring end tidal carbon dioxide (etCO2) during sedation because from minor to moderate sedation, a patient’s breathing depth and rate decrease.

The Oregon Board of Dentistry is the latest to update its guidelines to require etCO2 monitoring, or capnography, in moderate and deep sedation in an effort to increase safety in procedures. This amendment to Section 26 of the Oregon Dental Practice Act goes into effect July 1.

The Oregon Board of Dentistry requirement change follows a national trend toward required capnography monitoring.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has also updated their requirements, following the lead of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the American Heart Association and other organizations that develop parameters of care and practice guidelines for dental and medical surgical specialists. AAOMS will require etCO2 monitoring for moderate and deep sedation, as well as general anesthesia by January 2014.

Capnography provides continuous, real-time, non-invasive measurement of etCO2, producing a waveform, or capnogram, that indicates changes in exhaled CO2 concentration throughout respiration. Monitoring etCO2 enables clinicians to evaluate the current status of the patient’s ventilator, circulatory, and metabolic systems, while detecting respiratory distress or failure and hyperventilation earlier than pulse oximetry.

Accessible etCO2 monitoring technology improves the standard of patient care and decreases fatal sedation error cases. Facilities have many options in incorporating capnography in their surgical protocol.

An example of a capnography monitor is the DRE Echo which is a lightweight, portable, low-cost option with a high resolution color display for SPO2 and CO2 monitoring. The Echo CO2 monitor is effective for neonatal, pediatric and adult intubated and non-intubated patients for continuous, long-term monitoring.

The DRE Waveline EZ Portable Patient Monitor is a multi-parameter option that can come outfitted to monitor etCO2. At only six pounds, it is one of the most mobile multi-parameter monitors on the market. The Waveline EZ monitors ECG, respiration, SpO2, NIBP, etCO2 and temperature on a high resolution touch screen.

Moving forward, practitioners will continue to weigh concerns over patient safety, legal liability and regulatory compliance. More states and governing organizations are likely to recommend or require specific levels of monitoring. DRE has a variety of new and refurbished options for capnography monitoring to keep facilities up-to-date on these regulations. For more information about etCO2 and anesthesia gas monitors, visit or call 1-(800)-462-8195.

About DRE, Inc.:

Founded in 1984, DRE, Inc. is a premier medical and surgical equipment supplier that provides a combination of new and professionally refurbished or used medical equipment to industry professionals around the globe. DRE offers value to doctors by providing the features and reliability they need while still fitting within their budget. DRE, Inc. is headquartered in Louisville, Ky.

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