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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 3 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 3379 reviews

Course Summary

Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide poisoning in individuals can present in various ways and the medical literature continues to contain areas of uncertainty and controversy. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning tend to be nonspecific in mild and severe cases. Delayed neuropsychiatric effects can occur, which are considered a serious complication. Diagnosis of carbon monoxide poisoning is based upon the patient history and physical examination as well as an elevated carboxyhemoglobin level. The etiology, clinical presentation and treatment are discussed, including those for children and special cases such as during pregnancy.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.         Epidemiology Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

III.       Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Pathophysiology

1.   Hemoglobin Binding and Oxygen Transfer Effects

2.   Cellular Effects

3.   Cardiovascular Effects

IV.        Pathologic Mechanisms And Clinical Picture Of CO Poisoning

V.          Clinical Care For Patients With Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

VI.        Signs And Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

VII.      Delayed Neuropsychiatric Sequelae

VIII.    The Toxic Dose Of Carbon Monoxide

IX.        Treatment Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

X.          Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

1.   Effectiveness of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

2.   Patient Selection for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

3.   Duration and End-point Number of HBO Therapy Sessions

4.   Side Effects/Adverse Outcomes of HBO Therapy

XI.        Pediatric Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

XII.      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning And The Pregnant Patient

XIII.    Patient Non-response To Oxygen Treatment

XIV.     Are Ambient Levels Of Carbon Monoxide Harmful?

XV.       Summary


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