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United Kingdom House of Commons Safety Group Recommends Carbon Monoxide Screening by Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM) to Reduce Misdiagnosis and Prevent Deaths
Date:2/18/2009

incidents of misdiagnosis by medical professionals are grossly under-reported.

"From the collated data, information gained during and prior to the feasibility study and correspondence with other interested agencies, it is clear that there are gaping holes in the way that CO poisoning is recognised, monitored, treated, recorded and publicised in the United Kingdom," stated Andrew Humber, Team Leader, London Ambulance Service.

While authors of the APPGSG report advise that "targeting improved diagnosis of CO poisoning is doubly important not just in containing the immediate effects of the illness, but also in reducing the need to direct resources toward tackling subsequent chronic or acute medical problems," a year-long feasibility study also released in January 2009 by the London Ambulance Service demonstrates Masimo Rad-57's ability to deliver these benefits.

In their report, 'A Feasibility Study into Pre-Hospital Carbon Monoxide Monitoring of Patients,' the London Ambulance Service equipped three First Response Units (FRU) and two Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) vehicles with Rad-57s to determine the benefits of pre-hospital CO monitoring and found that the ability to noninvasively screen patients on the scene made an important difference in six key ways:

  1. Earlier detection & treatment of CO poisoning
  2. Prevention of further harm, possible higher level intoxications & long-term effects of untreated exposure
  3. Reduced clinical risk to the ambulance service & increased safety for the attending crew
  4. Improved on-scene triage ensures the fastest & most appropriate care (A&E or Hyperbaric)
  5. Reduction in unnecessary hospital transports & patients entering the A&E system
  6. Increased efficiency gains as ambulances/crews returned to core duties earlier

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