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    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Treatment

    Call 911

    1. Get the Person to Fresh Air

    • If the person is unconscious, check for injuries before moving.
    • Turn off carbon monoxide source if you can do so safely.

    2. Call 911

    3. Begin CPR, if Necessary

    If the person is not breathing normally:

    • Perform CPR for one minute before calling 911 if you are alone. Otherwise, have someone else call and begin CPR.
    • Continue CPR until the person begins breathing or emergency help arrives.

    4. Follow Up

    Once at the hospital, treatment depends on the severity of the carbon monoxide exposure.

    • Mild exposure is treated with oxygen and monitoring of carbon monoxide levels.
    • Severe carbon monoxide poisoning may require high doses of oxygen therapy.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on September 12, 2015

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