SCHOOL OF BREATHING SCIENCES
402 Educational Capnography
Capnography, measurement of partial pressure carbon dioxide (PCO2) in the lungs and in the blood, uniquely provides a real- time window for identifying dysfunctional breathing and then assisting clients overcome self-defeating habits. Are learned breathing patterns in concert with optimal respiration, e.g., pH regulation and oxygen transport? This course includes: Measurement – blood gases, capnographic measurement parameters, artifacts, data misinterpretation, ventilation/perfusion mismatch, instrumentation (ETCO2, PACO2, PaCO2); Medical capnography – anesthesia, mechanical ventilation, sleep, acid-base assessment, CO2 pathophysiology; Physiology – gas exchange, transport of CO2, effects of CO2 on physiology; CO2 regulation at altitude; Oxygen – PaO2, SaO2, O2 content, hemoglobin; Educational capnography – parameters of interest (e.g., aborted breaths), behavioral assessment (e.g., overbreathing), CO2 biofeedback (e.g., negative practice, desensitization), self-regulation learning, trigger testing (e.g., deliberate hypocapnia), group work, real-time coaching, data interpretation.