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Anesthesiology Research and Practice
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 271539, 3 pages
Review Article

Intraoperative End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide Concentrations: What Is the Target?

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX 75390-9068, USA

Received 17 July 2011; Accepted 25 August 2011

Academic Editor: Mukesh Tripathi

Copyright © 2011 Megan Way and Gary E. Hill. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Recent publications suggest that target end-tidal carbon dioxide concentrations should be higher than values currently considered as acceptable. This paper presents evidence that end-tidal carbon dioxide values higher than concentrations that are currently targeted result in improved patient outcomes and are associated with a reduced incidence of postoperative complications.