ONE BREATH AT A TIME
The ToxCO®, is a monitor that can accurately determine the level of carbon monoxide (CO) in a person’s blood, through an instant and non-invasive breath test.
The much-anticipated breath monitor is cleared by the FDA for use by healthcare professionals to determine levels of CO poisoning.
Engineered specifically for the fire and emergency medical service industries with the features the necessary to save lives.
Key Features | ToxCO®
Instantly Determine CO Poisoning with 3 Sampling Options
- Tag Readings - Tag readings with identifiers e.g. badge #, etc.
- Auto-Saves Readings - Automatically saves last 1000 readings with time and data stamp
- Mouthpiece Sampling - Non-invasive breath sample - monitor instantly displays %Carboxyhemoglobin (%COHb) (CO in blood)
- Face mask Sampling - for patients who are unable to follow instructions or unconscious Monitor instantly displays %Carboxyhemoglobin (%COHb) (CO in blood)
- Ambient Mode - Always-on ambient CO monitoring, displayed in ppm
The features that matter and can save lives.
Why a Breath CO test?
Evidence based diagnostic tool that allows you to:
ASSESS | TREAT | TRACK | CONFIRM
- Never miss a case of CO poisonings
- Instantly safeguard firefighters to see if they should return to duty or not
- Rapidly triage large groups
- The monitor provides instant results shown in %COHb (CO in blood) making interpreting patient’s results quick and easy. No waiting for results from the lab.
- Low cost of approximately $0.15 per breath sample
Simple, Non-laboratory Testing
- Easy to administer test. Breath testing is not regulated under C.L.I.A. as the breath sample is never captured, it is allowed to dissipate.
Non-Invasive & Hygienic
- Works on a breath sample, no bodily fluids
Accurate and Reliable
- Correlation of blood to breath CO spans over 7 decades
- Relied on by hospitals and research institutions for over 40 years
- Per NFPA 1584 (2015 edition) 188.8.131.52.2* Members exposed to fire smoke shall be assessed for carbon monoxide poisoning
- Correlation of blood to breath CO spans over 7 decades
Any one can conduct the breath test and it's as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!
Results appear instantly from a non-invasive breath test.
Why is it important?
The Silent Killer
Many homes have an average of 4 – 6 fuel burning appliances that produce carbon monoxide (CO).
Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
Even in extreme cases of CO poisoning, the symptoms can be easily confused with everything from the flu to diabetes.
- Example: As a young woman from Modesto, California learned last year during an evaluation by EMTs.10 It wasn’t until she arrived at the hospital, where a blood test was administered that it was determined that she was suffering from CO poisoning. And the situation didn’t end with her hospitalization. It turns out that the other occupants in that household were also suffering from CO poisoning, but were missed during the initial call. Those individuals were found later, unconscious, thanks to the quick action of the local firefighters and police after they learned of the woman’s test results from the hospital.
Climate Based Misconception
While it’s easy to write these cases off as rare outliers, based on publicly available information, CO poisoning is not being considered in the evaluation of patients as a standard practice in most locations. This is likely a result of the common misconception that CO poisoning mostly occurs in colder climates, where faulty heating systems are chiefly to blame. However, available data actually paints a much different picture.
- Example: According to the Office of the State Fire Marshall (Cal Fire), fire departments in California responded to over 18,000 CO alarm calls in the last two years, with the majority of those calls occurring in warmer Southern California.11 It’s not unreasonable to assume that this scenario is likely playing out all over the country, regardless of climate.
Most Vulnerable Population
The great irony is that the most vulnerable population to CO poisoning are the very people responding to our 911 calls. Firefighters face an out sized threat of exposure to CO because of the work they do, fighting fires. And while it’s tempting to think that fire departments have equipment to protect them, firefighters face chronic exposure from varying levels of CO at critical moments during a fire. Some departments have programs known as firefighter rehab to help monitor firefighters for conditions like this, but the vast majority do not. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact number of line-of-duty deaths related to CO exposure, but researchers believe there’s a strong correlation between CO and heart disease.
- Example: In a study from 2009, researchers estimated that 45 percent of on-duty firefighter deaths were due to cardiovascular disease and make a compelling argument for a causal connection to CO.12 When one considers the constant, low level chronic exposure to CO through firefighting activity, the evidence they present is persuasive. Why does this matter to the average person? It’s easy to view these public servants through a lens that sees them only as stoic figures in uniform, but at the end of the day, these are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. They suffer injury and illness and have health issues just like the rest of us, so caring for their well being, in addition to the general public’s, requires us to think differently about CO poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is referred to as the silent killer because it can’t be seen or smelled.
The ToxCO® will give you the ability to take the guesswork out of identifying cases of CO poisoning and treat CO like a vital sign.