Carbon Monoxide Headquarters
Misconceptions, Page 5, Dr. D.G. Penney
CO is not Well Understood:
Even More Misconceptions:
Physicians receive adequate training in the diagnosis and treatment of CO poisoning in medical school and residency/fellowship.
Physicians get adequate experience with CO poisoning in treating their patients.
Physicians generally have a high enough index of suspicion relative to CO poisoning in order to diagnose it reliably.
Psychiatrists and neurologists are the medical professionals of choice to determine the extent of CNS damage caused by CO.
High-tech imaging devices (CT, MR, SPECT) always shows areas of brain damage from CO poisoning, if they exist.
Pulse-oximeters are excellent devices for determining oxygen saturation and therefore whether a person is suffering from CO poisoning.
In environments containing CO, the levels of CO2, oxygen and other gases are unimportant in the degree of poisoning.
...... last changed 03/20/02
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