Continuous Waveform Capnography in the Neonatal Unit

16 August 2018

Members may have seen reports in the media regarding use of continuous waveform capnography in the neonatal unit. An article recently published by BBC Health concludes that continuous waveform capnography, seen as a standard in older patients, should be universally adopted in the management of intubated patients. The article acknowledges, however, the lack of evidence-base for its use in this very different patient population. BAPM would strongly support further research to clarify whether this technology provides net benefit in the care of neonates. BAPM is currently developing a framework on the management of the difficult airway, and is advising NHS Improvement on the role of waveform capnography in the newborn.