What is included in the patient education about smoke inhalation injury?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Clinicians should encourage the use of smoke and CO detectors in the home, which can decrease the risk of injury by permitting early escape. Regular checks to ensure that the detectors are functioning should be part of the household routine. In one study, the presence of a functioning smoke detector lowered the risk of death in a residential fire by over 60%. [32]

Programs aimed at educating young children about the dangers of playing with lighters and matches and programs teaching families how to safely escape from burning buildings should be used to further limit the number of children experiencing inhalation and burn injury. Anticipatory guidance during well child visits should include fire safety instructions.

For patient education resources, see the Lung and Airway Center, First Aid and Injuries Center, Procedures Center, and Poisoning Center, as well as Smoke Inhalation and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.


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