Volume 47, Issue 6 (November 2002)

    A Comparison of Carboxyhemoglobin Saturation Values in Postmortem Heart Blood and Peripheral Blood Specimens

    (Received 14 June 2002; accepted 22 May 2002)

    Published Online: November

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The following is a study conducted to determine whether there was any significant difference in carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) saturation levels between the heart blood and blood collected from a peripheral site. The average heart blood to peripheral blood COHb saturation level ratio in the 42 cases studied was 1.09. Sixty-two percent (26 of 42) of the cases had a heart blood to peripheral blood ratio between 0.9 and 1.1; 74% (31 of 42) had a ratio between 0.8 and 1.2. Eighty-three percent (35 of 42) had a ratio between 0.7 and 1.3. There were four cases where the heart blood to peripheral blood ratio was either below 0.6 or greater than 1.4. The differences between the two sites were not statistically significant.


    Author Information:

    Levine, B
    Chief Toxicologist, Deputy Chief Toxicologist, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, and Chief Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

    Fowler, D
    Chief Toxicologist, Deputy Chief Toxicologist, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, and Chief Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

    Titus, JM
    Chief Toxicologist, Deputy Chief Toxicologist, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, and Chief Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

    Moore, KA
    Chief Toxicologist, Deputy Chief Toxicologist, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, and Chief Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD


    Stock #: JFS15580J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15580J

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    Title A Comparison of Carboxyhemoglobin Saturation Values in Postmortem Heart Blood and Peripheral Blood Specimens
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