Clinical update

Clinical update: monitoring during anaesthesia and recovery

New standards on patient monitoring require hospitals to provide capnography throughout anaesthesia

New standards on patient monitoring require hospitals to provide capnography throughout anaesthesia

Essential facts

Respiratory compromise is a critical perioperative complication associated with increased costs and poor outcomes. It is common, costly, deadly and, most importantly, preventable.

Respiratory compromise consists of respiratory insufficiency, failure and arrest, and can dramatically increase the likelihood of adverse outcomes for patients.

A recent report from The Royal College of Anaesthetists and Difficult Airway Society discovered that airway deaths and significant patient harm occurs outside the operating room, particularly in intensive care units and emergency departments.

Up to 74% of these deaths could have been prevented by monitoring patients using capnography.

What’s new?

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland has published updated standards in patient monitoring.

These standards mandate hospitals to work towards using capnography for


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