The Procedural Oxygen Mask® (POM) provides life-saving solutions for a variety of procedures where CO2 monitoring and high-percentage O2 delivery is critical. Unfortunately, medical practices unknowingly place patients’ well-being, and sometimes lives, at risk by using slow sensing systems and low O2 delivery methods out of monetary reasons.
Reaction Times during Hypoxic Events
The POM is designed to make capnography more accessible by offering a simplified solution that solves previous challenges such as cost and complexity.
Capnography has been shown in numerous studies to reduce patient morbidity and mortality. However, challenges in implementing capnography have stunted its use in medical settings outside of the operating room.
In a new study published in the Anesthesiology journal, via Anesthesiology News, anesthesia researchers found a lower mortality rate among patients that underwent continuous waveform capnography monitoring compared to those monitored with only pulse oximetry.
In the United States alone, 158 million patients undergo anesthesia each year, with 2-3% of these resulting in death. Monitoring both pulse oximetry and capnography is strongly recommended by practice guidelines, yet many facilities elect to monitor only with pulse oximetry. This study provides evidence that not using capnography is leading to thousands of unnecessary deaths per year.
At the heart of The POM is a high-quality thermal end tidal CO2 sensing mechanism, which provides sensitive and dependable carbon dioxide waveforms. This enables clinicians to act concurrently when oxygen levels drop and the patient needs immediate intervention.
Long Term Effects of Oxygen Deprivation during Surgery
Patients under MAC anesthesia with nasal cannula as their O2 delivery method could leave both them and clinicians at a disadvantage.
At one minute without oxygen, a patient’s brain cells begin to die. Within three minutes, permanent brain damage is likely. This presents various immediate symptoms to the patient, as well as others that are long-term and life threatening.
Patients facing a prolonged recovery from oxygen deprivation are at risk for aneurysms, seizures, memory loss, motor skill impairment, and other complications. With the end-tidal censoring and higher Fi02 delivery provided by The POM, operational disruptions during sedation are almost always preventable.
POM cannulas deliver nearly twice the Fi02 of standard EtCo2 cannulas, which can reduce risks during gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures if used in accordance with a valid clinical protocol.
Protecting Patients and Practices
With The POM, high level oxygen delivery, especially for patients with comorbidities, no longer has to be compromised. Also, as end-tidal monitoring technology is increasingly optimized for clinician intervention, slow reaction times to oxygen deprivation are no longer acceptable.
As clinics continue to weigh the costs of supplying O2 delivery methods, it is important, if not imperative, to ask on a personal level how would you choose to mitigate hypoxia during MAC Endoscopy procedures?
Using The POM Can Actually Save Money!
For many facilities, using multiple O2 delivery devices during conscious sedation procedures is not that uncommon. Enter The POM – a truly one stop shop – from pre-op, to post-op recovery, O2 delivery device! A single POM can be utilized from any procedure’s start to finish. No more changing out masks to nasal cannulas then back again which incurs savings for any hospital or surgery center!
Choose The POM!