Carbon Monoxide Headquarters
Misconceptions, Page 4, Dr. D.G. Penney


CO is not Well Understood:


Even More Misconceptions:

Treatment, Outcome:

  • Inhalation of 100% oxygen from a rebreathing mask or from nasal prongs are the best immediate means of removing CO from the body. See Answer

  • Victims of CO poisoning should be released from medical care immediately following 1-2 hours of oxygen treatment, whether or not their symptoms have disappeared.

  • There is no need for repeat COHb measurements, psychometric tests, or other clinical tests following medical treatment for CO poisoning.

  • People who recover from CO poisoning are always completely normal. See Answer

  • Use of 100% oxygen therapy at normal atmospheric pressure (NBO) is a proven approach to eliminate the residual effects of CO poisoning.

  • Use of 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure (HBO) is a proven approach to eliminate the residual effects of CO poisoning. See Answer

  • CO exposure never produces brain damage unless there is a period of unconsciousness. See Answer"

  • Low / moderate CO exposure cannot produce brain damage or significant changes in functional performance. See Answer


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