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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Alternate Names : CO Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Since CO is odorless and colorless, a person may not realize he or she is around harmful levels of CO. The following actions can help prevent CO poisoning:

  • keep appliances in proper working order
  • use appliances in the right way and have them checked regularly
  • make sure there is lots of fresh air before using gas-powered engines or chemicals such as paint remover
  • have chimneys checked to be sure the flue is open and connected in the correct manner before using a fireplace
  • never leave a car in idle when it is inside a garage
  • don't sleep in a room with a gas or kerosene space heater if it is not properly vented
  • install CO detectors in the house as a backup
  • move into a well-ventilated area if any CO poisoning symptoms develop
  • call the local gas company if there is a suspected gas leak in the home
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Long-term effects of CO exposure depend on the extent of the poisoning and how quickly it is treated. Long-term effects may include damage to the brain, heart, or lungs. There may also be short-term memory loss. These effects usually improve over time but may be lasting.

    What are the risks to others?

    Any persons near the person who has CO poisoning may also have been exposed to the CO, and should be checked by their doctors.

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    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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