Is there an effective tool to gauge carbon monoxide blood saturation in the pre-hospital setting?

August 10, 2012

Is it cost-effective and beneficial to our patients to have a SpCO monitor in the pre-hospital setting on each of our ambulances? 

What can this monitor accomplish that a primary survey and a history of the present illness would not? If you use this monitor correctly, will it impact your treatment or help you rule out a field diagnosis? Could using this monitoring device make you more confident with your treatment plan?

Article: False Positive Rate of Carbon Monoxide Saturation by Pulse Oximetry of Emergency Department Patients. Weaver L.K., Churchill S.K., Deru K., Cooney D. Respir Care. 2012 Jul 10.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22782305

Speakers: David Page, MS, NREMT-PJoshua G. Salzman, MA, EMT-BKeith Wesley, MD, FACEPMarshall J. Washick, BAS, NREMT-P