ToxCo

ToxCo

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What is Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning?


CO poisoning occurs after the inhalation of CO1. It is a significantly toxic gas, but
being colourless, odourless, tasteless, and non-irritating, it is very difficult for people
to detect. CO is a product of incomplete combustion and is often produced in
domestic or industrial settings by vehicles and other gasoline-powered tools, such
as heaters and cooking equipment. As a result, CO poisoning is the most common
type of fatal poisoning in many countries 3
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CO is and has been the most common cause of both accidental toxic poisoning and
death in the United States for over 100 years

Diagnosing CO poisoning

One of the significant problems with diagnosing CO poisoning is that it can
engender similar symptoms to flu. Symptoms of CO poisoning include:


• Headache
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Fatigue
• Dizziness


In the UK the House of Commons All Parliamentary Gas Safety Group
recommends providing medical professionals, such as ambulance personnel,
on-call GPs and health visitors, with hand held devices so that they can test for
exposure there and then