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Torrance Memorial Medical Center Boosts Patient Safety With Expanded Use Of Capnography Technology
Date:3/19/2013

g to several healthcare organizations that recommend hospitals take special precautions. Torrance Memorial Medical Center is among the nation's leaders in the early implementation of capnography monitoring to protect patients using PCA pumps.

Additionally, the American Society of Anesthesiologists now requires the use of end-tidal CO2 monitoring as a part of its Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring in procedural sedation.  Section 3.2.4 of the standard states, "During moderate or deep sedation the adequacy of ventilation shall be evaluated by continual observation of qualitative clinical signs and monitoring for the presence of exhaled carbon dioxide unless precluded or invalidated by the nature of the patient, procedure or equipment."

Torrance Memorial Medical Center also follows the American Heart Association guidelines recommending the use of capnography during advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.  Its 2010 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care recommend continuous quantitative waveform capnography for intubated patients throughout the peri-arrest period to confirm tracheal tube placement and to monitor cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality and detect return of spontaneous circulation.

"As a magnet facility, we knew a multidisciplinary approach to implementation would be key to our success," said Patrick Moore , RRT, Respiratory Therapy Clinical Educator, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. "A team comprised of anesthesiologists, registered nurses and respiratory therapists worked together, devising an implementation plan. All team members were dedicated to improving patient safety and outcomes for the community we serve."

Torrance Memorial Medical Center chose capnography equipment from Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care
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