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Webinar on Capnography and Respiratory Distress Now Available in AAOMS E-Library

July 13th, 2012


Originally held on August 8, 2012 Respiratory depression is a frequent side effect of many sedation, anesthesia and pain medications. Monitoring for oxygenation via pulse oximetry is routine. With supplemental oxygen, pulse oximetry becomes a late detector of hypoventilation. Monitoring for the adequacy of ventilation will be discussed with an emphasis on capnography.

The use of capnography for patients under moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia should be instituted in OMS practice and used on these patients effective January 2014 unless precluded or invalidated by the nature of the patient, procedure, or equipment. It is anticipated that this implementation date will allow adequate time for the refinement of materials and methods so as to optimize the use of capnography in an open system*. Get a head start on this requirement by participating in this one hour webinar given by Dr. Michael A. E. Ramsay, MD, FRCA.

*Stipulated in the Office Anesthesia Evaluation and the Parameters of Care, effective in 2014.


At the conclusion of this online activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss why the risks of perioperative respiratory depression are increasing;
  • Explain why perioperative respiratory depression is frequently unrecognized; and
  • Apply the APSF recommendations to monitor oxygenation and ventilation in all patients receiving postoperative opioids.