Carbon Monoxide Measuring and Monitoring

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Date: 
2007
Volume: 
19
Number: 
3
Tip Category: 
Environmental monitoring

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by brooders and furnaces when they are not operating properly that can lead to sickness and death for both humans and poultry. The reason that carbon monoxide is so dangerous is because it has a 200 time greater binding affinity for blood hemoglobin, the protein that transports oxygen through blood, than does oxygen. Thus carbon monoxide can prevent transport of oxygen from the lungs to body tissues.