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BMC Pulmonary Medicine

, 14:204

Epidemiology and public health


BackgroundIn a previous study, exhaled carbon monoxide eCO has been assessed in healthy non-smokers with a photo acoustic spectrometer BrüelandKjær 1312. Unexpectedly, values were higher than those reported in literature, which were mostly obtained with electrochemical analysers. This study was aimed to compare eCO values obtained with BrüelandKjær 1312 and PiCO + Smokerlyzer, a largely utilized electrochemical analyser.

MethodsThirty-four healthy subjects, 15 non-smokers and 19 smokers, underwent eCO assessment with BrüelandKjær 1312 and PiCO + Smokerlyzer during a prolonged expiration 15 seconds. BrüelandKjær 1312 assessed CO concentration 7 and 12 seconds after the beginning of expiration and displayed the mean value. PiCO + Smokerlyzer was utilized according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. In vitro, the two devices were tested with standard concentrations of CO in nitrogen 5, 9.9, 20, and 50 ppm, and the time needed by PiCO + Smokerlyzer readings to stabilize was assessed at different gas flows.

ResultsBoth BrüelandKjær 1312 and PiCO + Smokerlyzer presented very good internal consistency. The values provided were strictly correlated, but at low test concentrations, the BrüelandKjær 1312 readings were greater than the PiCO + Smokerlyzer, and vice versa. PiCO + Smokerlyzer overestimated the CO standard concentrations at 5 and 9.9 ppm by 20%, while BrüelandKjær 1312 measures were correct. PiCO + Smokerlyzer readings stabilized in 12 seconds during in vitro tests and in 15 seconds during in vivo measurements, suggesting that the values displayed corresponded to the initial phase of expiration.

ConclusionsDifferences between BrüelandKjær 1312 and PiCO + Smokerlyzer may be explained because BrüelandKjær 1312 measured CO levels in the middle and at the end of expiration while PiCO + Smokerlyzer assessed them in the initial part of expiration.

KeywordsCarbon monoxide Exhaled carbon monoxide Photo-acoustic spectrometer Electrochemical analyser AbbreviationseCOExhaled carbon monoxide

COCarbon monoxide

PPMParts per Million

HMEHeat Moisture Exchange

BandKBrüelandKjær 1312

PiCO+PiCO + Smokerlyzer.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2466-14-204 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Umberto Moscato - Andrea Poscia - Riccardo Gargaruti - Giovanni Capelli - Franco Cavaliere


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