The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) released a clinical education podcast, “Using Capnography and Recognizing Respiratory Compromise Could Save Patient Lives.”

The podcast features an interview with Jenifer Lightdale, MPH, MD who is division chief, pediatric gastroenterology and chief quality officer at the Children’s Medical Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

In the podcast, Dr. Lightdale emphasized the need to monitor all patients receiving sedation:

“all patients receiving sedation should be monitored and all medical guidelines at this point are pretty clear that that is the case.”

She discussed the recent research that she conducted with her colleagues, “Patient safety during procedural sedation using capnography monitoring: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” which found that “use of capnography was associated with less mild and severe oxygen desaturation, which may have helped to avoid the need for assisted ventilation.”

Watch the full podcast here.