What is carbon monoxide (CO)?
Carbon monoxide (CO), known as the silent killer, is a colourless, odourless, highly poisonous gas that is produced when fuels are burned incompletely. It is produced in car exhaust fumes, faulty gas boilers and tobacco smoke1 . Oxygen is carried around the body by red blood cells and when you inhale smoke from a cigarette, the CO is absorbed into your blood through the lungs because CO binds with haemoglobin 200 times more readily than oxygen2 . The CO binds with haemoglobin in the red blood cells to form carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb), preventing red blood cells from carrying oxygen2 . A very heavy smoker may have 15% of their blood cells taken up by CO, depriving the body of oxygen3 .
piCO Smokerlyzer® CO monitoring made easy
What is it?
An easy to use hand-held and non-invasive monitor for the testing of patients to determine level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in the blood.
Why is it important?
Those who smoke can build up high levels of CO in the blood, which can lead to heart disease, circulation problems and high blood pressure. Measuring levels of CO can assist in smoking cessation. It is estimated that smoking is the cause of 29% of all cancer deaths in the UK. Stopping smoking can reduce the number of deaths from heart disease and cancer.
Benefits for User?
Non-invasive, quick and easy to use. Instant readings with traffic light system, for easy interpretation of patient’s results. An aid to establish a smoker’s dependence on nicotine. Tests patient’s compliance with smoking cessation programme PC-interactive COdata+™ software.
Benefits for the Patient?
Fast and accurate, non-invasive breath test for smoking. Anti-infection controls reduce the risk of bacterial infection. Traffic light result system provides motivational visual aid to encourage patients to quit and to measure their progress whilst doing so.
Why This Product?
The Smokerlyzer® range of carbon monoxide (CO) monitors has been used to help people quit smoking, worldwide, for over 30 years now.
Features and benefits
- Easy to use interface
- Large touchscreen
- Automatic conversion to %FCOHb
- Familiar green, amber and red traffic light system, making CO levels instantly
identifiable to patients
- Uses D-pieces to filter out 99.9% of airborne bacteria13
- Single-use SteriBreath™ mouthpieces for excellent, low cost infection control
- PC interactive with COdata+TM software, free with the piCObaby™ Smokerlyzer®
|Display||Full colour touchscreen|
|Detection principle||Electrochemical sensor|
|Accuracy||≤±2ppm/5% – whichever is greater|
|Power||3 x AA (LR6 or equivalent) – up to 1000 minutes; 1 x CR2032 Lithium coin cell|
|T90 response time||<30 seconds|
|Operating/storage/transport pressure||Atmospheric ±10%|
|Operating humidity||15-90% RH (non-condensing)|
|Storage/transport humidity||0-95% RH (non-condensing)|
|Sensor operating life||5 years|
|Sensor drift||<5% per annum|
|Dimensions||Approx. 37 x 77 x 140mm|
|Weight||Approx. 215g (including batteries)|
|Materials||Case: polycarbonate/ABS blend with SteriTouch® anti-microbial additive; D-piece™: polypropylene; SteriBreath™: polypropylene|
|H2 cross sensitivity||≤6%|