Continuing Education: How Do You Know CPAP Is Working?

This CE activity is approved by EMS World Magazine, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) for 1 CEU. To take the CE test that accompanies this article, go to to take the test and immediately receive your CE credit. Questions? E-mail

Presenter: John Puryear, EMT-P

Capnography can provide the closed loop you need to have confidence that you are adequately ventilating your patient. This presentation covers how to use capnography to make the right respiratory care decisions during CPAP use.

John Puryear, EMT-P, has been a practicing medic in EMS since 1983 and a nationally recognized EMS educator since 1987, instructing EMT Basic, Intermediate and Paramedic courses. He has held positions as a Field Training Officer, Texas DSHS Instructor/Examiner, Education Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator and Assistant to the Medical Director for MedStar Ambulance in Fort Worth, TX. Has performed lectures and cadaver labs at state and national EMS conferences on capnography and 12 lead EKG interpretation. He is owner of JP EMS Consulting and Education. Visit

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