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Study: Masimo's monitor diagnoses carbon monoxide poisoning

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Masimo’s noninvasive carboxyhaemoglobin (SpCO) test can help diagnose carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning at the scene of an emergency, a study has found. The test is carried out using the company’s Masimo Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeter, which employs a sensor that is placed on a patient’s finger. Previously, the only way of measuring CO poisoning was via a blood test, Masimo (Irvine, California) claims. In the case study, published in the January-March 2010 issue of Prehospital Emergency Care, firefighters responding to an emergency used the SpCO test to identify patients with elevated CO levels, who were then treated with oxygen. It also helped to find the source of the CO poisoning, which was not immediately apparently with atmospheric CO testing.

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