Carbon Monoxide Headquarters

CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) HEADQUARTERS
The Finest public digital Expert Site Available: Designed to inform and help people, and to Save Lives

The Most Complete Website on Carbon Monoxide Toxicology in the World

COHQ is your Newest Internet Source for Information on a Major Deadly Poison
and Related Poisons**

NOW with a phenomenally Easy-to-Remember Domain Name - "coheadquarters.com"!!!

by

David G. Penney, Ph.D.


Professor of Physiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, and
Director of Surgical Research, Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI

  • E-mail .... davidpenney@comcast.net

  • Also SEE, CarbonMonoxideHQ.com


    Today, Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the most commonly encountered and pervasive poison in our environment. It is responsible for more recent deaths (see historical death data for NYC) than any other single poison, and for enormous suffering and morbidity in those who survive.

    Annually in the USA:

    It has been known for decades that CO poisoning can produce lasting health harm, mainly through its destructive effects on the central nervous system. Some studies found that 25-40% of people died during acute exposure, while 15-40% of the survivors suffered immediate or delayed neuropsychological deficit.

    Now, an emerging body of evidence suggests that longer exposures to lower levels of CO, ie. chronic CO poisoning, are capable of producing a myriad of debilitating residual effects that may continue for days, weeks, months and even years. Keep watching this site for new information on this topic.

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    Recommended Books on CO -

    2000 ...... 1999 ......1996


    Note: Another book designed to complete coverage of the topic (ie. CO) is in the works. It will complement, but not replace, Carbon Monoxide (1996) and Carbon Monoxide Toxicity (2000). Look for it late in 2006, or early 2007.


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    Find out everything you ever wanted to know and more, in general and in detail about CO poisoning, here at CO Headquarters. This is a NEW, Continually Expanding expert site, developed for use by the lay person and professional alike. Watch in future weeks as other new materials are added which will make it even more valuable.

    As a public service, Dr. Penney is available to make presentations on carbon monoxide and health in person at your school, company, civic organization, fire protection organization, etc. To discuss arrangements, he can be reached at (231) 882-0204.

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    New and Featured Knowledge Clusters:

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  • See the Updated section on Chronic CO Exposure / Poisoning.

  • See the section on CO in Motor Vehicle Exposure and Deaths

  • Monitoring CO - ... COHQ now does Forensic Monitoring of CO.

  • See the New Pages on CO as a - Cause or Trigger for Asthma.

  • See the New SECTION on CO Alarms and Monitors, and What to do!

  • See the New Pages on DANGERS of - CO Exposure During PREGNANCY.

  • Take a Look at the NEW FAQ Section (Frequently Asked Questions) and ANSWERS.

  • USE the NEW KEY to UNDERSTANDING Your CO Poisoning.

  • ALERT on Carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) Measurement - Essentials You Must Know.


    Picture right: The webmaster does not necessarily endorse the specific CO Alarms displayed.

  • See the New SECTION on Combustion and Combustion Devices (Furnaces, Water Heaters, etc.).

  • ALERT for Physicians, EMTs, etc. on Pulse Oximeters - What they can and cannot do.


  • Use the Handy Expanded KEYWORD INDEX.

  • Be Aware of the The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Syndrome.

  • See the NEW section on CO's Effects on HEARING and on VISION

  • See the NEW section on Reference / Normal Human Values.

  • Use the New Fast CO Studies INDEX.

  • SEE the New ZERO to 1 MILLION Scale for CO.


    Picture right: John Scott Haldane, pioneer of CO toxicology.

  • SEE the NEW pages on Brain and Peripheral Nervous System Damage and Studies of Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

  • SEE the NEW pages on Treatments and Medications available for the Health Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

  • See the New Pages on CO Effects - in High Risk Groups.

  • See the section on DEATH by CO in FIRE and Non-FIRE Situations.

  • See the numerous MISCONCEPTIONS about CO.


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  • This Webmaster COMMENTS on Other Information Sources.


  • See the links to Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report Articles.


  • See the Section on STATISTICS on CO poisoning deaths and Injuries!


  • Use the NEW, LARGER GLOSSARY of Medical/Scientific Terms you may not Know!


  • SEE the Carbon Monoxide levels at the Woodward Dream Cruise, 2000.


  • See the VERY USEFUL Pages on OTHER NASTY GASES People sometimes Encounter in their Environment.


  • See the Section on the EPIDEMIOLOGY of CO poisoning!


  • Join the EXCITING CO CLUB - For Kids.


  • See the action packed Mini-Tutorial on CO's Toxic Action.


  • See the section on CO SUPPORT, a Survey Study of Chronic CO Poisoning in the United Kingdom.


  • See Highlights of Workshop on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Fall, 2000.


  • See the ALL New SECTION on TOXIC SOLIDS - under development.


  • See the Mirror Newspaper Articles on CO Poisoning.


  • See the section on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and CO's Possible Connection to it.


  • See the NEW section on Other Useful Toxicology Sites


  • See the sections containing References to Scientific Articles and Books on CO, with Medline Links.


    Page last changed 06/12/2005



    Answering Your Questions:

  • Background -

      What is Carbon Monoxide?

      What is CO's History?

      How well is CO Understood? (Common Misconceptions)

      Where does CO Come From?

      How is CO measured?

      Where is CO Found in the Environment?

      Is CO Decreasing in the Environment?

      What are the Established (legal) Limits for CO?

      What are the Effects of Fire in a Closed Space?


  • Uptake and Effects -

      What Variables Affect CO Uptake and Distribution?

      How quickly is CO Taken up by the Body?

      Is there an Equation that Predicts at what Level CO will be in the Blood?

      Where is Body CO Stored?

      Is CO an Asphyxiant?

      What Effect does CO have on Blood Oxygen Delivery?

      Why is CO a Killer?

      What Organs are Affected?

      What Factors Exacerbate the Effects of CO?

      Could CO Interact with Other Substances to Increase its Toxicity?


  • Symptoms and Management of CO Poisoning -

      What are the Symptoms of CO Poisoning?

      What are the Classifications of CO Poisoning?

      What are the Cardiovascular Effects of CO Poisoning?

      What Tests can be run?

      What are the Criteria for Hospital Admission?

      What are the Failures in Care of CO Victims?

      Are there Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of CO Poisoning?

      What can be done to Manage CO Poisoning?

      How quickly can CO be Removed from the Body?

      What kind of Damage does CO cause?


    Picture right: John Scott Haldane, pioneer of CO toxicology, investigating CO in an English coal mine, before the turn of the 19th century.

  • Longterm Effects of CO Poisoning -

      What are some the Reported Neurological Sequelae of CO Poisoning?

      What are the Reported Sites of Nervous System Damage with CO Poisoning?

      What are the Possible Basic-Science Mechanisms of Damage in CO Poisoning?

      What are the likely areas of Neuropsychological Dysfunction with CO Poisoning?

      What Ophthamologic/Optometric (eye) Damage/Changes may Result from CO Poisoning?

      What MusculoSkeletal Damage/Changes may Result from CO Poisoning?

      Are there Special Problems with Detection and Treatment of CO Poisoning?

      What Treatments are possible / are being used for CO Poisoning

      What Drugs may be Useful in CO Poisoning?


  • Chronic (ie. long duration) CO Poisoning -

      What is Chronic CO Poisoning?

      What are the Symptoms of Chronic CO Poisoning?

      Can Chronic CO Poisoning produce Permanent Damage?

      What is Sick Building Syndrome and how does it Relate to Chronic CO Poisoning?

      More on Chronic CO Exposure / Poisoning


  • Special Subject Pages -

      Recently in the Press

      Case Studies from the Medical Literature

      Understanding the Varieties of CO Poisoning.

      Q and A Forum





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    Dr. D. Penney, ph. (231) 882-0204

  • E-mail .... davidpenney@comcast.net




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    August 18, 1999
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