If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, call 9-1-1 immediately and move to where you can breathe fresh air.
Symptoms: Low to Medium Exposure
- Poor coordination
Symptoms: High Exposure
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
- Known as "carboxyhemoglobin," carbon monoxide poisoning is the poisoning of the blood due to carbon monoxide.
- CO is transferred to the blood through the lungs as you breath.
- CO bonds to the hemoglobin in blood, and reduces the blood's ability to transport oxygen through the body.
- CO is 200 times more attracted to blood than oxygen.
Treatment of CO Poisoning
- Call 9-1-1
- Breathe fresh air
- High flow of oxygen (administered on site by EMS)
- Hyperbaric chamber (administered at the hospital)