Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when the oxygen in oxyhemoglobin (HbO2) is displaced by carbon monoxide and forms carboxyhemoglobin (HbCO). This deprives the cells of the oxygen needed for respiration: HbO2 (aq) + CO(g) ⇌ HbCO (aq) + O2 (g). Identify the **best** medical treatment for shifting the equilibrium in a direction that would restore the proper levels of oxyhemoglobin in a victim’s blood.
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So let me ask this: If there are three gas cylinders attached to a breathing apparatus mask -- one is 100% Nitrogen, the second is compressed air (same as atmosphere so 78% nitrogen, 20.5% oxygen, remaining 1.5% other gases), and the third is 100% pure oxygen, which one would help the person with carbon monoxide poisoning most? followed by which? Which would help the least? Why?