A patient with burn injuries is tested for carbon monoxide. His level is 25%. The nurse would expect which of the following based on this carbon monoxide level?

Headache

Explanation

• Nonsmokers can have carbon monoxide levels ranging from 0-5%, smokers can have levels as high as 15%. Levels greater than 15% are considered carbon monoxide toxicity.

• 20-30% - Headaches, nausea, vomiting, confusion

• 31-40% - Dizziness, vision problems, tachycardia, tachypnea, hypotension

• 41-50% - Loss of consciousness

• >50% - Seizures, coma, death

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