Podcast 150: Emma Capnograph Deep Dive with Alex of Masimo

PFC Podcast episode 150: Dennis and Alex, dive into ETCO2 and the Emma Capnograph. Dennis chats with Alex, who’s had a colorful career, from being a 68 Whiskey and a paramedic to now working with Massimo. They discuss the Emma capnograph, a handy gadget that monitors exhaled CO2. It’s essential to…

keep everything sealed, or the readings might be off. The device runs on batteries with different lifespans, depending on the type. Calibration? It’s a must, but hold the buttons longer than feels right, or you might mess it up. This tool can be a lifesaver, giving insights into cardiac output and more. Just remember, if you’re seeing weird numbers, there might be leaks or other issues. It’s a nifty piece of kit but, like all tools, make sure you familiarize yourself with it outside of emergencies.

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Check out our previous podcast about the capabilities and limitations of EtCO2

Low initial in-hospital end-tidal carbon dioxide predicts poor patient outcomes and is a useful trauma bay adjunct

Excerpt: “As a screening tool, our results suggest that ETCO2 may be more predictive of the need for transfusion than SI, with improved sensitivity and greater area under the ROC. This is similar to previously published literature, which has shown that ETCO2 in the pre-hospital setting may outperform the SI for predicting blood transfusion [26,30].”

Changes in end-tidal CO2 could predict fluid responsiveness in the passive leg raising test but not in the mini-fluid challenge test: A prospective and observational study

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