Carbon Monoxide Levels in Cell Saver Salvaged Blood Exposed to Electrocautery during Lumbar Spine Surgery

Andrew V. Slucky, Frank J Eismont

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Carboxyhemoglobin levels were measured in patients undergoing posterior lumbar spine surgery with use of intraoperative cell saver blood salvage. Increased carboxyhemoglobin levels were demonstrated in cell saver salvaged blood. Systemic blood Carboxyhemoglobin levels increased with cell saver blood transfusion. No patient demonstrated clinical effects of carbon monoxide toxicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-408
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996



  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cell saver
  • Electrocautery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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