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January 26, 1976

Rapid Estimation of Carboxyhemoglobin Level in Fire Fighters

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Environmental Medicine, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Medical Complex, and the Milwaukee Fire Department, Milwaukee.

JAMA. 1976;235(4):390-392. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260300016021

The analysis of expired breath with a portable electrochemical cell after carbon monoxide exposure provides a practical field method for the rapid estimation of carboxyhemoglobin. A fire fighter can collect and analyze his own breath sample for CO, an operation that requires 1 1/2 minutes. This simple technique has the accuracy necessary to determine compliance with the regulations governing occupational exposure to CO.

(JAMA 235:390-392, 1976)