What should be included in patient education about carbon monoxide (CO) toxicity?

Updated: Sep 18, 2018
  • Author: Guy N Shochat, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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See the list below:

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors: Home CO detectors with audible alarms are available. One study of 911 calls for suspected CO poisoning showed in 80% of calls for detector alarms, verifiable ambient CO levels were present in the home; the mean concentration of CO was 18.6 ppm in homes tested because of detector alarms but was 96.6 ppm in homes without alarms where calls were prompted by suspicious symptoms. [44]

  • Discuss the possibility of delayed neurologic complications, although they are much more common in patients with toxicity severe enough to require hospital admission.

  • Suggest minimizing physical activity for 2-4 weeks.

  • Advise patient to stop smoking.

  • For patient education information, see the First Aid and Injuries Center, as well as Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.


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