I am an Endoscopy nurse. I am an educator. I value evidence-based practice.
Steve and the Endoscopy team are finding ways to provide safer patient care, as well as reduce recovery time! Learn more at the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fair on Nov 18, details below.
Evidence-based nursing practice in the Endoscopy Unit happens every day. Our nurses promote health and improve quality patient care by integrating the best available evidence with practitioner expertise and published research articles.
Currently, the Endoscopy team is changing the practice of respiratory monitoring during conscious sedation endoscopy procedures. We asked the research question: In patients receiving moderate sedation, what is the effect of continuous capnography monitoring on the assessment of respiratory status compared with only monitoring pulse oximetry alone?
We previously only monitored oxygen saturation (the amount of oxygen measured in the bloodstream). Through EBP assessments and research, end tidal CO2 measurements have proven to be a better indicator of respiratory function. CO2 monitoring more closely registers patient ventilation status and is more sensitive to oxygenation changes, effectively reducing the risk of over-sedation.
This change in practice enables enhanced patient care, provides a safer environment for our patients and reduces recovery time.
Find out more about EBP on Endoscopy and throughout the hospital at the EBP Fair on Friday, Nov. 18 from 8a.m.-4p.m. in the hallways connecting the North and South Towers.
We look forward to seeing you there! –Steve Yokum, RN, Endoscopy Nurse Educator