Imperial Collage Healthcare

Carboxy Haemoglobin

Lab Code : CARBHB

Test Background
Carboxyhaemoglobin forms following exposure to carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide binds much more avidly to haemoglobin than oxygen.

Clinical Indications
Determine whether high COHb levels are present decreasing oxygen availability to tissues

Reference Range

< 1.5 % in non smokers
Concentrations in smokers are higher.

Sample Container
Preferably a blood gas syringe. If not, a lithium heparin

Sample Volume
Gas syringe 0.5 mL, Lithium Heparin tube 4 mL

Turnaround Time
Run daily

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