Saving Lives

Improving cardiac resuscitation

Capnography: It’s more than ventilation.


This program is approved for 1.0 Contact hour for Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. After watching the video, you may go to and register to take the test. Once you have successfully completed the test, you may print out your certificate immediately. You may view a pdf of the presentation by clicking here.


Capnography continues to be an important tool in measuring expired CO2. Most recent ACLS guidelines now recommend using capnography to ascertain the effectiveness of chest compressions and duration of CPR. This third webinar in the Cardiac Resuscitation Series will include an overview of ACLS guidelines regarding continuous waveform capnography, a discussion on physiology of CO2 production, transport and metabolism, and its effect on the ventilation/perfusion relationship. The clinical indicators for capnography will be discussed including the use of EtCO2 as a marker of perfusion for fluid responsiveness, CPR effectiveness, and identification of return of spontaneous circulation.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the 2015 ACLS & BLS Guidelines specific to continuous waveform capnography
  2. Discuss normal and abnormal V/Q relationships
  3. Describe capnography as an indicator of fluid responsiveness
  4. Discuss the integration of capnography into a resuscitation program

Continuing Education for Nurses, Respiratory Therapists

This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. . This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032.

Support for this educational activity from Stryker