Noninvasive measurement of carboxyhemoglobin: how accurate is accurate enough?

  title={Noninvasive measurement of carboxyhemoglobin: how accurate is accurate enough?},
  author={William H. Maisel and R. J. Lewis},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  volume={56 4},
Exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of death by poisoning in industrialized countries. It accounts for hundreds of accidental deaths and thousands of intentional deaths annually in the United States. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that is easily absorbed through the lungs when inhaled. It competes with oxygen for binding to hemoglobin, but because hemoglobin has an affinity for CO that is 200 to 250 times greater than that for oxygen, CO poisoning leads to decreased… CONTINUE READING
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