(c) 2004 by ALBERT DONNAY
Where to Look for Evidence of CO Poisoning Today
Test CO in end tidal breath after holding breath for 20 seconds
(healthy non-smokers are 0-2 ppm; chronic diseased are 5-10ppm).
Test ABG & VBG at same elbow to see if PaO2-PvO2<55mmHg
Monitor indoor CO levels with a digital detector near combustion
appliances, especially unvented ones like gas ovens and gas logs.
Monitor CO levels inside homes with attached garages after
vehicles are started with the door open, driven out & the door closed.
Monitor CO levels in motor vehicles while driving and parked idling.
Look for asymmetrically drooping eye and mouth that mark
The Tell Tale Face of CO Poisoning
ask about multi-sensory
sensitivity to lights, odors, noises, tastes, touch and heat or cold.