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Survey Shows Anesthesiologists Prefer Capnography for Monitoring Adequacy of Ventilation
Date:3/19/2012

JERUSALEM and NEEDHAM, Mass., March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oridion (SIX Swiss Exchange: ORIDN), creator of the Integrated Pulmonary Index™, one of the Smart Capnography™ family of decision-support solutions, today announced results of an attendee survey conducted at the October 2011 annual meeting of the American Society for Anesthesiologists (ASA) conference in Chicago. Respondents showed a clear preference for monitoring ventilation using capnography over other options.  Results of the survey were presented at the 2012 Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) conference held January 18-21.

Recent guidelines, including those from the ASA, have recognized the importance of monitoring the quality or 'adequacy of ventilation'. To ascertain clinicians' attitudes regarding available methods of measuring ventilation, those surveyed responded to the question, "In your opinion, please rate each of the following in their ability to measure adequacy of ventilation".  The technologies rated were capnography, bioacoustic respiratory rate, impedance respiratory rate and SpO2.  The technologies were measured using the following scale: 1) Provides measure of adequacy of ventilation, 2) Provides indication of ventilation but not a measure of adequacy, or 3) Not a measure of ventilation.

Of the four technologies surveyed, ASA respondents chose capnography as 'provides a measure of adequacy of ventilation' by a margin of more than 3 to 1 over SpO2, more than 4 to 1 over impedance RR, and more than 9 to 1 over bioacoustic RR.

Also at the conference, an abstract examined the use of a novel delivery system for oxygen delivery during CO2 monitoring.  Traditionally, split cannulas (delivering oxygen to one side of the nose while sampling CO2 from the other) are used to monitor CO2 during oxygen delivery, a method subject to variability due to issues such as nasal obstruction.  The
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