CO Epidemiology, Page 8, Dr. D. Penney




Study -
Cyanide (CN) and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

Category
Number
Fire Fatalities
433
Average COHb
44.9%
Exceeded Fatal Level (50%)
195
Fire Fatalities
364
Cyanide Level
1.0 mg/liter
Exceeded Fatal Level (3 mg/liter)
31
COHb of the above
62.5%


  • CN is produced by the burning of natural and synthetic materials.
  • CN poisoning is infrequent in fire fatalities and when present, it is associated with significant COHb.

    Reference: Barillo, D.J., R. Goode & V. Esch. (1994) Cyanide poisoning in victims of fire: analysis of 364 cases and review of the literature. J. Burn Care & Rehab., 15, 46-57.


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