Carbon Monoxide (CO) can be found in the exhaust of gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns or by burning charcoal and wood. Every year, more than 400 people in the U.S. die from accidental CO poisoning. Follow these simple tips and you'll enjoy your time fishing.
Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, you may not know that you've been exposed. The initial symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu:
The main treatment of CO poising is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO). During HBO, a patient breathes 100% oxygen while inside a chamber at increased atmospheric pressure. Besides CO poisoning, HBO has long been recognized as vital in the resolution of other critical medical conditions such as gas gangrene, air embolism due to diving, trauma, or surgical procedures, and decompression sickness. It is also an important adjunct for specific wound healing conditions.
Hennepin County Medical Center has been delivering HBO to patients from Minnesota and nearby states for 45 years. The only facility in Minnesota from 1964 to 2008, it has unsurpassed experience in the field of Hyperbaric Medicine and in the management of critically ill patients undergoing HBO.