Rapid estimation of carboxyhemoglobin level in fire fighters

JAMA. 1976 Jan 26;235(4):390-2.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Gas Analysis / instrumentation*
  • Carbon Monoxide / toxicity*
  • Carboxyhemoglobin / analysis*
  • Electrochemistry / instrumentation
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Fires*
  • Hemoglobins / analysis*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Physical Exertion
  • Smoke*
  • Specimen Handling / instrumentation


  • Hemoglobins
  • Smoke
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Carboxyhemoglobin