CO Monitoring (Rad-57) Carboxyhemoglobin

4.11 CO Monitoring (Rad-57) Carboxyhemoglobin
  1. Press the green power button to activate the unit.
  2. Place the sensor on the patient's finger (observe the top and bottom of the sensor). Do not place the sensor on the thumb or fifth digit (pinky). If available, utilized the pediatric sensor as instructed by the manufacturer.
  3. Four green LED lights below the power button indicate the battery level.
  4. The sensor is calibrated to penetrate the mid-nail area, not the cuticle area. Do not force the patient's finger in too far.
  5. RAD-57 will calibrate on the patient in 5-8 seconds.
  6. Displays will come up in pulse oximeter (SpO2) mode.
  7. The PI graph will display perfusion strength.
  8. The display will show "SEN OFF" until the sensor is on the finger.
  9. Press the orange "SpCO" button.
  10. The display will show the SpCO level from 1% to 99%.
  11. Record the level(s) on the patient report.
  12. Press and hold the green power button to turn the unit off.


CO Level: Signs and Symptoms

Level Signs and Symptoms
0-4 Minor headache
5-9 Headache
10-19 Dyspnea, headache
20-29 Headache, nausea, dizziness
30-39 Severe headache, vomiting, altered LOC
40-49 Confusion, syncope, tachycardia
50-59 Seizures, shock, apnea, coma
60-Up Coma, death