CE Webinar
September 26, 2023

Managing CO2 to Improve Outcomes in Chronic Respiratory Failure Patients


Philip Choi, MD

Medical Director of the Assisted Ventilation Clinic
Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Michigan Health – Ann Arbor

Elevated CO2 levels are associated with increased mortality and morbidity, especially for patients with chronic hypercapnia secondary to COPD, OHS, and NMD. Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) can offload respiratory muscles and increase alveolar ventilation to improve CO2 clearance and reduce excess total body CO2 stores. The ability to monitor changes in CO2 and having strategies in place to reduce baseline CO2 is critical to improve outcomes in patients with hypercapnic respiratory failure.

After this presentation, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the harmful effects of elevated blood CO2

  • Explain the importance of reducing baseline CO2 in patients with hypercapnic respiratory failure

  • Differentiate the various strategies available to monitor blood CO2 in the outpatient setting

This course is approved for:
  • Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists.

  • California Board of Registered Nursing for 1 contact hour Provider Number 17621

  • Application has been made to the American Association of Sleep Technologists for continuing education contact hour for sleep technologists.