Capnography is considered to be an essential part of routine monitoring during anaesthesia by the association of anaesthetists of great britain and ireland as it results in improved patient safety the technology which has numerous clinical applications is equally applicable for use during veterinary anaesthesia and provides extremely pertinent information without the need for invasive . Capnography should be continuously monitored in all patients with an artificial airway spectroscopy usually infra red spectroscopy is the most commonly used method in clinical practice and works on the principle that co 2 absorbs infra red radiation a beam of infra red light is passed across the gas sample to fall onto a sensor. Capnography monitors the concentration or partial pressure of carbon dioxide co 2 in the respiratory gasesalthough capnography has historically been used mostly by anaesthetists it is becoming more common in different clinical settings being used by nurses paramedics and doctors non anaesthetists in emergency departments interventional rooms and recovery departments. The digital clinical practice manual is expressly intended for use by qas paramedics when performing duties and delivering ambulance services for and on behalf of the qas the queensland ambulance service disclaims to the maximum extent permitted by law all responsibility and all liability capnography if there is a complete . Waveform capnography provides further insight in caring for your patient in many clinical states and is a tool paramedics should not be without table 1 lists some of the causes of both increased
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