News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 30, 2013

Regional Hospital expands use of capnography

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute Regional Hospital recently expanded its use of capnography for respiratory monitoring outside the operating room, joining a growing group of health care leaders in embracing state-of-the-art patient safety technology.

Capnographs measure the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled by patients, allowing care providers to respond quickly to changes in patient condition.

The move expands the use of capnographs from their traditional role in operating rooms to now monitor the quality of patients’ breathing in other care areas where respiratory depression may occur.

Recent clinical applications for capnography are for monitoring patients receiving patient-controlled analgesia for pain control after surgery.

The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading hospital accreditation organization; the American Society of Anesthesiologists; and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices have all recommended capnography to detect respiratory depression.

“Terre Haute Regional Medical is committed to providing the highest quality of care,” said Leah Cygan, RRT, MHA, Director of Respiratory Care at THRH. “Our widespread use of capnography to monitor the adequacy of ventilation of patients outside the operating room is in line with the latest recommendations and underscores our dedication to patient safety.”

Terre Haute Regional Hospital chose capnography equipment from Covidien, a health care products provider.