Wednesday, October 28, 2009
CO Poisoning: Bad Furnaces Fire Up ERs
We still hear America heating. Recent close calls involving 30 middle-schoolers in North Dakota and a family of four in Michigan should remind us all to get our furnaces tuned up for the season and plug in those carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. You might also want to check if your local emergency room enjoys 24/7 on-call access to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. And don't forget Canada, where emergency HBOT was already scarce before one major center in St John's, Newfoundland, went offline earlier this year. We worry the sluggish economy is choking off our best chances for the prevention and treatment of CO poisoning.