Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas found in combustion fumes made by vehicles, lanterns, stoves, gas ranges, heating systems and other fire-related devices. Carbon Monoxide can build up in places that don't have good airflow. When a person inhales carbon monoxide, it results in carbon monoxide poisoning. This can cause sudden illness and even death. More people are killed by Carbon monoxide every year than all other poisoning deaths combined. Carbon monoxide poisoning results in tens of thousands of emergency department visits in the United States each year.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms
- Chest pain
- Inability to walk
Treating Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) can be an effective treatment against the effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. It can quicken the removal of Carbon Monoxide from the body. This improves the flow of oxygen to important areas of the body like the heart and brain. Like most treatments for medical conditions, the sooner the treatment, the more likely the benefits from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. A medical evaluation needs to be completed to help determine the necessity for HBO treatment for Carbon Monoxide poisoning cases.