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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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  • Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas. It is caused by burning carbon-based materials, such as wood, kerosene, natural gas, and gasoline. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to the body. Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin, and makes it unable to carry oxygen where it is needed.

  • Low level exposure
    1. Headache
    2. Dizziness
    3. Abdominal pain
    4. Nausea
  • Higher level exposure
    1. Confusion
    2. Shortness of breath
    3. Low Blood Pressure
    4. Seizures
    5. Fainting
    6. Coma

  • Suicide attempts
  • Automobile exhaust
  • Faulty heaters, chimneys, fireplaces, wood stoves
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Improper ventilation

  • Arterial carboxyhemoglobin level is elevated

  • Ventilator assistance as needed
  • High flow 100% oxygen
  • Hyperbaric oxygen

  • Permanent neurological impairment
  • Death
  • Fetuses and newborns may be more susceptible to effects

  • Seek immediate emergency medical treatment. This condition can lead to disability and death. Contact Poison Control and/or the utility company in order to check for carbon monoxide leaks.

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