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Carbon Monoxide Breath Monitor

Definition - What does Carbon Monoxide Breath Monitor mean?

A carbon monoxide breath monitor is a device used to measure the amount of carbon monoxide in a person's breath for the purposes of smoking cessation, or to detect carbon monoxide poisoning. The monitors are used by emergency services personnel to identify patients who are suspected of having carbon monoxide poisoning. Due to the fact the carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless, poisoning is difficult to detect without a carbon monoxide breath monitor.

Safeopedia explains Carbon Monoxide Breath Monitor

Carbon monoxide breath monitors measure carbon monoxide levels in parts per million in breath. The test is both non-invasive and inexpensive. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur in any situation where incomplete combustion takes place. The most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning are house fires and faulty gas appliances. The monitors are also used as a motivational tool to help people stop smoking.

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