Course Summary

Carbon monoxide is sometimes called the silent killer. It is a gas that is produced by incomplete combustion of carbon-containing material, and it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Carbon monoxide can be lethal. Despite large-scale public education and prevention programs, carbon monoxide exposure is still a serious public health problem. The pathophysiology, clinical effects, and the best methods for treating carbon monoxide  poisoning have been intensively studied, but there are still areas of uncertainty and controversy.

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Epidemiology of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Pathophysiology
    • Cellular Effects
  • Pathology and Clinical Outcomes of CO Poisoning
    • Clinical Signs and Symptoms
    • Symptom Severity
  • Delayed Neuropsychiatric Sequelae
    • DNS Symptoms and Risk Factors
    • Determination of CO Toxic Dose
  • Early Assessment and Treatment
    • Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy
    • Treatment Follow-up
  • Maternal and Pediatric Exposures
  • Summary


Noah H. Carpenter, MD

Dr. Noah Carpenter is a Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgeon. He completed his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and medical school and training at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Carpenter completed surgical residency and fellowship at the University of Edmonton and Affiliated Hospitals in Edmonton, Alberta, and an additional Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has specialized in microsurgical techniques, vascular endoscopy, laser and laparoscopic surgery in Brandon, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and in Colorado, Texas, and California. Dr. Carpenter has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Calgary, and was appointed a Citizen Ambassador to China, and has served as a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories, Canada Science Council, and the International Society of Endovascular Surgeons, among others. He has been an inspiration to youth, motivating them to understand the importance of achieving higher education.

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