Carbon monoxide is the most frequent cause of poisoning in industrialized countries. Reports indicate that over 500 people a year are killed by unintentional poisoning, with about 15,000 people seeking treatment at hospitals. Firefighters play a key role in responding to and rescuing patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms of mild poisoning include headaches and flu-like effects. However, larger exposures can lead to significant toxicity of the central nervous system and heart.
Upon completing this educational curriculum on carbon monoxide poisoning, by Bryan E. Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, the student will be more aware of the importance of carbon monoxide detection and carbon monoxide treatment in the fire-ground setting.
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This educational module is sponsored by Masimo Inc., and is endorsed by the National Association of EMTs. The module was reviewed by the International Association of Firefighters.
Copyright 2008 by Cielo Azul Publications.