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3 Things you should know before buying a capnometer

Things you should know before buying a capnometer

There are several things you should know before buying a capnometer. Many medical professionals and hospitals purchase capnometers without knowing which one is the most suitable for their needs. They simply buy a capnometer option is available in the market.

There are 3 main things you should know before buying a capnometer


  1. Features (Your need)

    • You need to know what exactly you are looking for in a capnometer. Due to the wide range of capnometers available on the market, different features work differently for different users.
      • For example, colorimetric capnometers is best for checking the intubation of the patient in ambulances but it does not show the graphical waveforms. Hence, it is not good for curare cleft detection.
      • Here are some features you should consider before buying a device
        • Its Portability
        • Disposables and Non-electric device or Electric device?
        • Capnograph needed?
        • Quick or little delay (~8 sec) in patient monitoring
  2. Use cases

    • Based on different use cases, capnometers were designed differently. You should know which one is the most suitable for you. Here are the two primary things you need to consider for your use cases,
      • Where do you want to use it?
        • in Intubation, CPR, Anaesthesia or Patient Monitoring,
      • What are your total working hours with the device?
  3. Technology:

    • In market, 5 types of capnometers are available and those are Mainstream, Sidestream, Microstream, Colorimetric and Transcutaneous Capnometers. All capnometers has different technologies and these technologies are helpful for different types of applications.
    • Suppose, display mounted portable capnometers (mainstream) are good for ambulatory use but not for hospital use. Because it is hard to monitor patients for long hours of surgeries from those small displays.
    • Same way, side stream capnometers are good for hospitals instead of ambulatory use because it can useful for intubated and non-intubated patients both.
    • Hence, different technologies work differently according to your need. [Click here] to know more about these 5 types of capnometers in details.

So, it is mandatory to think on these aspects of the device before purchasing capnometers. Otherwise, you won’t be satisfied with the device you purchase.


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Krunal Prajapati
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