UK medical device manufacturer Bedfont Scientific is drawing attention to its carbon monoxide (CO) monitor in a bid to change the way emergency services screen for CO poisoned victims.

With the Emergency Services Show (ESS) just around the corner, Bedfont is campaigning to #stopthesilentkiller. They are giving all emergency services personnel attending the chance to enter into a prize draw and win a brand new ToxCO, the company’s faster solution to CO testing.

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Source: Bedfont Scientific

CO is widely known as the silent killer, a colourless, odourless, and potentially highly poisonous gas that is produced when fuels are burned incompletely.

Everybody is exposed to CO in everyday life; from boilers, open fires, cars, generators and even burning your toast; however, prolonged exposure can lead to severe health consequences, and if exposed for too long, death.

According to the Department of Health for England and Wales, on average per year 4,000 people go to A&E, 200 people are hospitalised and there are around 50 deaths, all because of carbon monoxide poisoning. In the United States between 1999 and 2010, a total of 5,149 deaths were from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning - an average of 430 deaths per year.

Bedfont Scientific’s ToxCO monitor can instantly diagnose CO poisoning by analysing a breath sample from the patient to determine the level of CO in their blood.

The ToxCO monitor is a non-invasive tool, which provides instant results unlike more traditional methods of testing for CO poisoning, like blood testing, saving valuable time when diagnosing a patient. The ToxCO also comes with a face mask option for unconscious patients, and an ambient air mode designed for emergency services and first responders.

Bedfont’s Managing Director, Jason Smith, explained, “The traditional method of screening for CO poisoning is through a blood sample. Breath analysis with the ToxCO is non-invasive, which means less discomfort for the patient and valuable time saved as %COHb and ppm values are shown onscreen instantly compared to the lengthy process of bloodwork. The ToxCO will save time and lives.”