Patient Monitors Could Assist Anesthesiologists in Meeting Sedation Monitoring Guidelines

New guidelines from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, which went into effect July 1, call for anesthesiologists to monitor exhaled carbon dioxide in lower levels of sedation than was previously required, according to a Benzinga report.

According to the report, patient monitors can help medical providers follow these new standards. The ASA previously called for monitoring during general anesthesia, the deepest level of sedation. The updated guidelines now ask anesthesiologists to monitor ventilation adequacy through observation of qualitative clinical signs during regional anesthesia and local anesthesia. Anesthesiologists must also monitor ventilation adequacy through observation of presence of exhaled carbon dioxide during moderate or deep sedation.

FDA-approved patient monitors have sensors to measure exhaled carbon dioxide to ensure patient ventilation and could potentially assist anesthesiologists in complying with these new guidelines.

Read the Benzinga report on patient monitoring.

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