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Demystifying the multiparameter monitor


Lisa Pearce


Head of Training in Theatre


Fran Adams

RVN Grad Dip VN

Senior Medicine Nurse

Forum overview:

It has been shown that, in small animals, the use of pulse oximetry and pulse monitoring decreases the odds of peri-anaesthetic death. The introduction of modern instrumental monitors in human anaesthesia has halved the incidence of cardiac arrests under general anaesthesia. Observing the patient continues to be of paramount importance, but nowadays several aids are available to help us keep our patients safe.

During this evening lecture we will explore the fantastic world of the multiparameter monitor. We will of course consider basic monitoring of features such as respiratory rate, pulse rate and mucous membrane colour, but we will mainly focus on the monitoring of what a human eye cannot measure. What is end tidal carbon dioxide? What does it mean to us? How important is haemoglobin saturation? What can interfere with the pulse oximetry readings? Why should we monitor blood pressure? How can we optimize the use of these colourful, noisy machines that we are perhaps wary of using, as we might not really understand what they show us?

This forum is ideal for those nurses who have a multiparameter monitor somewhere in the practice but find it too complicated to use and for any nurses who want to feel more confident about monitoring patients undergoing anaesthesia.

This lecture will focus on:

  • Sp02 and ETco2
  • ECG and BP
  • Summary and we take a look at the monitors in theatre prep

Nurse CPD Lecture Schedule:

6.30pm arrival and registration followed at 7.00pm by the lecture which should last approximately two hours which includes a guided tour of the hospital and state-of-the-art facilities.

Certificates of attendance will be issued for your CPD records.

Discussion and questions are welcomed.

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