Methemoglobin levels in the patient population of an acute general hospital

Academic Article


  • Spectrophotometric analysis of arterial blood samples from 695 hospitalized patients revealed a mean methemoglobin value of 0.44% (±0.3%) of total hemoglobin. Since values of methemoglobin greater than one percent exceed two standard deviations from the mean, it is concluded that methemoglobinemia in the hospitalized patient should be defined as a methemoglobin concentration of greater than one percent of total hemoglobin. This study demonstrates that no statistically significant differences exist in the incidence of methemoglobinemia among various populations within the hospital. © 1982 Springer-Verlag.
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    Author List

  • Shapiro BA; Cane RD; Harrison RA; Wine C; Kavanaugh J
  • Start Page

  • 295
  • End Page

  • 297
  • Issue

  • 6