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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Alternate Names : CO Poisoning

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

What are the treatments for the condition?

First, the person needs to be moved away from the CO and into fresh air. Further treatment depends on the extent of poisoning, but may include:

  • Oxygen through a tight-fitting mask
  • intravenous fluids
  • medicines such as steroids
  • a ventilator, which is an artificial breathing machine
  • sedatives to decrease any excitability caused by the CO buildup in the body
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Side effects will depend on the treatments used. For instance, steroids may cause irritability, weight gain, or stomach upset. A ventilator can cause lasting lung problems.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Often a person will get better with no need for further treatment. Physical therapy or other treatments may be needed for problems such as paralysis and memory loss.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Close monitoring is needed in cases of CO poisoning. Some people experience delayed symptoms, such as:

  • confusion
  • fatigue
  • memory loss
  • weakness
  • Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the doctor.

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

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