Monday, June 4, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News - June 4, 2012

“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616, bio link)

What can I do if I or someone I know has been CO poisoned?  This answer may have several responses and would depend upon the severity of the symptoms. Call 911 (or your country’s emergency call #) and get out of the contaminated space if possible. The attending emergency technicians may be equipped with pulse CO-oxymeter or breath analysis modules for immediate, non-invasive carboxyhemoglobin % measurements with the victims. Their standard therapy requires supplemental oxygen, ventilatory support and monitoring the heart rate. Traditional testing requires intravenous blood gas sampling. High exposures require hyperbaric systems to force the CO to unload from the blood cells and replace with oxygen.

Since we know the symptoms and we know the sources and how to measure CO in air, in blood and in combustion systems how is it so easily missed? If you don’t test, you don’t know. If you have symptoms, get tested for carbon monoxide poisoning as soon as possible. It doesn’t have to hurt. Get a low level carbon monoxide alarm or wear a personal monitor when you are out and about. Take responsibility for your own protection. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities. 

Carbon Monoxide Survivor A website made by poisoning survivors that brings a view that can only come from those that know what it is like to have been poisoned - as well as live with the long term impact.

National Conference of State Legislatures
Carbon Monoxide Detectors State Statutes
Twenty-five U.S. states have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Updated Nov. 2011
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