There are several gases to be detected for safety reasons but CO2 tells us a lot. The anesthesiologist monitors the respiratory (CO2) of the patient, that information reveals the exact stage of anesthesia.
In a care situation the same monitoring (capnography) ismade from the patient’s exhalation to tell how a treatment is working or if there are other factors that do not respond well to change in the CO2 level.
Due to the nature of human safety and emergency situations the sensor has to work flawlessly and FAST. From the first breath the monitoring system has to deliver the exact levels to the equipment. The character of the curve created gives the trained staff important information on traumas, inner bleedings, brain damage etc. Working temperature can be extreme from -5 to +40°C and humidity’s from 10 to 90% (non condensing).
Medical Definition of capnometer: a monitoring device that measures and numerically displays the concentration of carbon dioxide in exhaled air—compare capnograph
There are more applications related to sensors like incubators, carbon patients or alarms in situations where CO2 is used:
- respiration and help to overcome breath holding and bronchial spasm
- to facilitate blind intubation in anesthetic practice
- to facilitate vasodilation and thus lessen the degree of metabolic acidosis during the induction of hypothermia
- to increase cerebral blood or in arteriosclerotic patients undergoing surgery
- to stimulate respiration after a period of apnea
- in chronic respiratory obstruction after it has been relieved
- to prevent hypocapnia during hyperventilation
- for clinical and physiological investigations
- in gynecological investigation for insufflation into fallopian tubes and abdominal cavities as solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) in tissue freezing
- techniques and for the destruction of warts by freezing
Future use Capnometer
With our High Resolution platform (HPP) CO2 can be monitored without intruding the user’s integrity. This will open an opportunity for elderly and their relatives to increase safety in normal daily life.