Carbon Monoxide Resources
Resources and Links
Carbon Monoxide Resources are annotated here, including the CDC, EPA and other government warnings and information about CO. Elsewhere in this page we will comment on some of the major medical research developments, including more on carbon monoxide symptomatology, hyperbaric oxygen treatment and delayed onset of symptoms. We will also continue to blog on a regular basis about research developments and other carbon monoxide resources. Below is a are annotated links, with explanations of the nature of the resources at each link.
Carbon Monoxide Resources from the CDC
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/co
According to the CDC: More than 500 people in the U.S. die from accidental (as opposed to suicide) carbon monoxide poisoning each year. Over 10,000 go to the Emergency room medical attention for carbon monoxide poisoning each year and infants, people with heart and lung diseases are more at risk for complications.
Carbon Monoxide Resources from the EPA
www.epa.gov/iaq Indoor Air Quality. One of the most complete carbon monoxide resources comes from the EPA. Here the EPA deals with sources of carbon monoxide, health effects, the levels at which carbon monoxide could become dangerous in homes, steps to reduce exposure to CO, measurement of CO methods, exposure limits and additional carbon monoxide resources. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/carbon-monoxides-impact-indoor-air-quality
A daily carbon monoxide news feed can be found here: http://www.infopig.com/keywords/Carbon-Monoxide.html Our more in depth blog posts can be found here.
Medical Carbon Monoxide Resources
Medical research is regularly published on carbon monoxide and many of these resources will rely on such research. Some of the most important medical research is linked below:
On the Extent of Under Diagnosis of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning This link has some interesting statistics on the extent of misdiagnosis. Our experience with school and hotel poisonings would agree with this analysis. Not only are the acute cases of carbon monoxide poisoning missed, but even when there is an on the scene diagnosis, most times the duration and full extent of the symptoms are ignored.
Carbon Monoxide Resources from the WHO
Perhaps the most authoritative statement on carbon monoxide poisoning comes from the World Health Organization – WHO. There guidelines for indoor air quality can be found here: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/128169/e94535.pdf The WHO guidelines are focused not just on acute exposures but on what low level of carbon monoxide can do chronically to the brain and other organs.