ABSTRACT: Currently, there are a wide range of anaesthetic monitoring equipment to aid Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) in closely monitoring their patients under anaesthesia to reduce the risk of mortality and morbidity. Arguably, capnography can be seen as being as the most useful and valuable tool to use, as end tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2) corresponds to the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in the blood. This gives an indication of ventilation as well as other key pieces of information such as anaesthetic depth, cardiac output and equipment function.


Anarosa Wallace FdSc RVN

Anarosa Wallace is a newly qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse who graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2020. She now works in a first opinion practice in Kent and has a keen interest in anaesthesia.

Email: awallace7@rvc.ac.uk

Keywords: Capnography; carbon dioxide; end tidal carbon dioxide; ventilation; anaesthesia

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 36 (11) • November 2021 pp319-322

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