Understanding Capnography

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This module is for information and education purposes only, it is not intended to be a policy or guideline.
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What's in this course?

This module explains the basic principles of capnography, discusses EtCO2 waveforms, and how to interpret them in the ventilated patient.

Anaesthesia, Perioperative Nursing


Target Audience

This course has been specifically designed to train all perioperative staff and anaesthetic trainees.

Varied activities

Written lectures, infographics, quiz


1 hour 



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  • This PerioperativeCPD course offers opportunities for CME/CPD activity.

    SURGhub and PerioperativeCPD do not award CME credits directly. It is the responsibility of the individual participant to determine eligibility for CME/CPD credit through a locally-accredited provider. Participants are responsible for downloading and presenting the certificate of completion to a local accrediting body to claim self-directed CME/CPD credits.
    Learners can record time spent on each tutorial and claim for CPD credit that corresponds with the extent of their participation.
Course instructor

Paul Butler

Paul Butler is a clinical educator working for the NHS in Scotland and the lead educator for the open access website

This course is provided by perioperativeCPD

PerioperativeCPD provides free education for everyone working in the theatre environment. Theatre nurses, ODPs, anaesthetic assistants, technicians, practitioners, everyone is welcome.

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