The Crucial Benefits Gained by the Medical Industry from CO2 Analyzers

 With the development of CO2 analyzers or capnographs for medical applications, hospitals and clinics have started to be dependent on these devices to manage respiratory therapy to patients under the intensive care treatments, for safe intubations of patients in the operating rooms and to provide emergency medical care. CO2 analyzers monitor the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the respiratory system. Capnographs also measure carbon dioxide production wherein an increase is usually found among patients having fever and shivering. Reduced production of carbon dioxide is manifested in anesthesia and hypothermia.

Advantages of the CO2 analyzer

·         Helps assess a variety of problems along the pathway taken by CO2.  For example if the patient stops breathing due to morphine, the capnograph will show a low CO2 reading that will send an alarm to alert the nurses and medical staff that there is an emergency. Capnographs can easily reveal a worsening of a patient’s condition specifically in cases of asthma, congestive heart failure, diabetes, circulatory shock, pulmonary embolus, acidosis and a lot other medical conditions.

·         Non-invasive – the capnograph is a monitoring tool for the concentration or partial pressure of CO2 in the respiratory gases and need not require a patient to undergo surgery so that the device can be inserted inside the body. A thin tube of CO2 analyzer can be easily attached to the face mask of a sedated or awake patient to gain a feedback of their respiration.

·         Rapid – capnography is crucial in emergency medical services as it provides an early warning system as a to a patient’s respiratory status.

·         Provide continuous measurement – capnography uses infrared waves to measure CO2 that are invisible to the eyes and have a lower frequency than visible light. As soon as the system sees CO2, the response time graph rises instantly to show the CO2 measurement.

·         Physically small – a hand-held CO2 monitor has full graphics capability that provides immediate visual feedback of the respiratory process allowing immediate assessment of the patient’s condition. Visual and audible “No Respiration” alert provides for a higher level of safety for the patient during emergency or transport settings.

Industrial applications for CO2 analyzers

CO2 analyzers are designed for monitoring CO2 for multiple industrial applications that include food processing, science research and brewing industry aside from the medical industry. CO2 monitoring tools are developed to incorporate latest technology and specification requirements to provide users with fast CO2 readings. Some features of CO2 analyzers are the sensors with built-in gas moisture removal, improved accuracy of CO2 readings and quick verification of CO2 levels. Very often, the CO2 analyzer becomes a time saving tool because of its dual temperature probes. In recent years, many beverages have been pulled off from shelves due to sulfur contamination in carbon dioxide. Sulfur in carbon dioxide can kill catalysts in production processes and ruin products in both the food and beverage industry. CO2 analyzers provide an immediate analysis of carbon dioxide whether it contains sulfur, nitrogen and aromatic hydrocarbons that are implicated in carbon dioxide contamination. 

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