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Carbon monoxide, CO, COHb, COH.
To identify the amount of carbon monoxide in the blood related to poisoning, toxicity from smoke inhalation, or exhaust from cars.
Whole blood collected in a green-top (heparin) or lavender-top (EDTA) tube, depending on laboratory requirement. Specimen should be transported tightly capped (anaerobic) and in an ice slurry if blood gases are to be performed simultaneously. Carboxyhemoglobin is stable at room temperature.
(Method: Spectrophotometry, co-oximetry)
|% Saturation of Hemoglobin|
|Nonsmokers||Up to 2%|
|Smokers||Up to 10%|
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Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Carboxyhemoglobin." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425321/all/Carboxyhemoglobin.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Carboxyhemoglobin. Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425321/all/Carboxyhemoglobin. Accessed April 20, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Carboxyhemoglobin. In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425321/all/Carboxyhemoglobin
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Carboxyhemoglobin [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 April 20]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425321/all/Carboxyhemoglobin.
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