A Guide to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Guide to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (CO Poisoning)

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Treatment

High concentrations of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere can kill a human being in a matter of minutes. Although low to mid range levels of carbon monoxide do not usually cause an immediate threat to a person’s life, being exposed to such levels for an extended period of time can often lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. In either case, if significant inhalation is suspected, the situation should be taken very seriously and treatment should be sought as soon as possible.

Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Treatment
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning TreatmentAcute carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when an individual is exposed to elevated levels of the gas for a short period of time. When this happens, it is imperative to immediately pull the person away from the contaminated area and place them where they can inhale fresh air. The next step is to seek medical attention right away by calling an emergency number or bringing the victim to a nearby hospital where proper medical treatment can be obtained. Should the victim be unconscious, it is necessary to administer CPR in order to provide some oxygen to the victim’s lungs. Depending on the severity of case, the patient may receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the hospital, which involves inhaling 100% oxygen in order to replenish the oxygen level in the blood stream.

Chronic Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Treatment
Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning is significantly more difficult to detect in a person than acute poisoning as it occurs when one is exposed from lower to mid range levels of the gas over extended periods of time.

The most common symptoms range from:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • depression
  • memory loss

Blood Testing
Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning is often misdiagnosed, and typically associated with other forms of health problems. A blood test is required in order to determine whether or not the person has harmful levels of carbon monoxide in their blood stream. By simply removing the person from the source of the carbon monoxide, symptoms should eventually disappear and good health restored.

Prevention is the Key
The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning at work and/or at home is to purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector. It can identify low levels of carbon monoxide in the air and prevent potential chronic poisoning. It will also prevent acute poisoning should there be an accidental heavy leak of carbon dioxide in your surroundings. Detectors can save your life and that of your loved ones as well.



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