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Uses For A CO2 Monitor

Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Many people do not know very much about CO2 monitors, but these monitors have a variety of applications that are highly beneficial. They are used in healthcare settings to monitor the levels of carbon dioxide that a patient has in the body. They are also used in many buildings to monitor the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, which is a good measure of air quality. They are also used in indoor areas that are growing plants because carbon dioxide is an important part of a plant's respiration. Keep reading to learn more about how a CO2 monitor is used in all three of these situations.

Healthcare CO2 Monitoring

Monitoring the levels of carbon dioxide exhaled by patients is a practice known as capnography. The use of a capnograph has rapidly increased in hospitals around the world over the last decade. When patients are in situations where their breathing is compromised, such as when they are on strong narcotics, doctors look for ways n to monitor the patients' breathing.

In the past, this monitoring has been done chiefly through measuring the number of respirations per minute or the amount of oxygen present in the patient's bloodstream. Both of these measurements are useful, but studies have shown that it is even more effective to keep up constant monitoring of a patient's exhaled carbon dioxide levels. When these levels start to rise, the patient is at a high risk of respiratory failure. That is why it is so important to use a capnograph to monitor patients who are at risk of breathing difficulties.

Building CO2 Monitoring

All buildings have a mix of carbon dioxide and oxygen gases. Humans absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide when they breathe. Plants do the exact opposite, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. In large buildings that have a lot of people inside them, the amounts of carbon dioxide being released by people's breathing can be significant. This can lead to an imbalance of the air inside the building, which can be a health hazard for the people inside that building.

This situation can be avoided by using a CO2 monitor. The monitor will detect when carbon dioxide levels begin to rise in the building. Ventilation of the building can then be performed to bring in fresh air and restore the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the building. Buildings that have a chronic imbalance of carbon dioxide can be helped by the addition of plants.

Plants CO2 Monitoring

One of the chief benefits of growing plants indoors is the ability to tailor the growing environment perfectly for the needs of the plants. One of the key components plants need to grow is carbon dioxide. Many indoor growers take advantage of this by pumping in additional carbon dioxide to their grow rooms.

However, they do not want to waste the carbon dioxide they are releasing into the air. They avoid this by carefully monitoring the levels of carbon dioxide in their grow rooms with CO2 monitors. The monitors can even be tied into devices that release the carbon dioxide into the grow room as soon as the levels drop below the designated levels. This is a great way to ensure that plants are growing in an environment that constantly has the perfect amount of carbon dioxide for their needs

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