What type of CO2 sampling line?

You’ve finally decided on a monitor.  Now it’s time to decide on the method you will use to sample the CO2.

The first thing to consider when choosing the type of sampling line or “sampling” cannula for monitoring CO2 is the type of monitor that you have. Does it require a male or female luer on the monitor side of the sampling line or cannula. Continue reading “What type of CO2 sampling line?”

How to Modify a Nitrous Hood to Monitor CO2

By Rose Dodson

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It may sound complicated; however it’s actually quite simple. The same nitrous hood you use everyday can be adapted to monitor CO2. We’ll show you how.

 You will need only three items:

1. Nitrous Hood 

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2. 1/8″ Hole Punch Pliers (commonly used for crafts)

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3. Nitrous Hood Adapter 

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First, use the hole punch or other cylindrical object to make a rounded hole in the nitrous hood near the top.  If you are using a hood with a liner,  then you will need to puncture through both the liner and the hood, as shown here.

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You are now ready to attach your CO2 sampling line.  Attach the male luer lock end to the nasal hood adapter and the opposite end to the monitor.

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Yep, it’s just that simple.

Good Luck and let us know if we can help.

5 Tips To Keep Your Crash Cart Current

By: Rose Dodson
1.  Two Key Symbols to look for on the packaging.
 manufacture date symbolThis image tells you when it was manufactured .
symbol for expired drug
This tells you the date it expires.
For the most part you will be more concerned about the latter.

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2. Checking expiration dates. Expiration dates on certain consumable crash cart items, such as emergency drugs, is a given. However, there are other disposable items that could be questionable.  For example airway devices such as I-Gels, LMAs, and ET tubes all have a specific shelf life and you should be able to find an expiration date on the packaging.

bag-valve-mask-all3. Consider shelf life and update accordingly. On the other hand a bag valve mask resuscitator (Ambu Bag) doesn’t have a specific shelf life and while you do want to consider updating them every few years, you probably won’t find an expiration date. In this case the manufactured date might be of value.  I would say after 5+ years, it’s probably time to consider updating your BVM.

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4. Check the dates on your IO Device. For example if you have the EZ IO intraosseous drill, the needles expire about every 4 years.

5. Your AED.
Your AED has two separate components to consider when getting it up to date–The electrodes/pads and the battery. 
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The electrodes have a conductive gel that will dry out over time, so it’s important that you keep these current. The standard shelf life is about 2 years, however there are certain companies such as Zoll that will not expire for about 5 years.Then there is the AED battery to consider. The expiration date or usefulness of the battery can vary quite a bit depending on the manufacturer. The standard would be 4-5 years. In some cases there will be an expiration date on the battery and in others you will only see the date of manufacture.
Keeping your crash cart up to date can seem like a daunting task. Hopefully this will clear up a few questions.