A portable CO detector can help an EMS professional more effectively diagnose a patient. If a patient is complaining of headache, nausea or dizziness, it may be difficult to determine what is causing the patient to be ill. However, if an elevated CO level is found in the home, the EMS professional may be able to more quickly attribute the condition to CO exposure allowing them to take quicker action as well as ensure their own safety while on the job.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is both odorless and colorless and can be toxic when exposed to it. CO is formed from the incomplete combustion of Carbon. Sources of CO production include vehicles, gasoline engines, gas-powered tools, the burning of charcoal and wood, and poorly vented chimneys. CO Poisoning is the most common type of gas poisoning.