CO Epidemiology, Page 1, Dr. D. Penney




Study -
All U.S.A. Deaths from CO Poisoning, 1979 - 1988:

Category
Number
All Deaths Implicating CO
56,133
Suicides
25,889
Homocides
210
Severe Burns or House Fires
15,523
Unintentional
11,547


  • Highest death rates among males, blacks, the elderly, and residents of northern states.
  • Motor vehicle exhaust gases caused 6,552 (57%) of the unintentional deaths.
  • 5,432 (83%) deaths were associated with stationary automobiles.

    Reference: Cobb, N. & R.A. Etzel. (1991) Unintentional carbon monoxide-related deaths in the United States, 1979 through 1988. JAMA, 266, 659-663.


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