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Analyzers, Point-of-Care, Breath, Carbon Monoxide

Definition : Point-of-care breath analyzers designed to measure the amount of carbon monoxide (CO) present in a breath sample, usually expressed as parts per million (ppm). These analyzers typically use electrochemical sensors to determine the amount of CO present; analyzers may display the CO value or the equivalent carboxyhemoglobin estimated value using appropriate algorithms. Carbon monoxide breath analyzers are typically used to measure CO concentrations present in patients' breath samples following accidental exposure to CO and/or in the clinical care of patients with conditions associated with smoking tobacco (e.g., asthma, COPD); they are also used as an indirect method to determine red blood cell life span (i.e., in the management of patients with sickle cell disease).

Entry Terms : "Carbon Monoxide Analyzers"

UMDC code : 20198

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