Smoke Inhalation and Carbon Monoxide Toxicity

September 20, 2010, 7:46 am

Life in the Fast Lane recently posted a very good brief review of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide toxicity.  I especially agreed with their points that:

1) Although hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy should be considered for any patient with carbon monoxide exposure who is at risk for delayed neurological sequelae, its effectiveness has not yet been proven; and

2) The practical and logistic difficulties of transferring a critically ill carbon monoxide exposed patient to an HBO center and placing him or her in the chamber are great.  The patient might be better off treated with 100% oxygen, carefully monitored and supported in an intensive care unit.

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