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What should I do if someone has cyanide poisoning?

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Call 911 and:                                                                        

  • Get the person to fresh air immediately.
  • If you can't get away from the area where cyanide gas is, stay low to the ground.
  • If the person has trouble breathing or has stopped breathing, do hands-only CPR.
  • Don't do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

From: Cyanide Poisoning Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: "Facts About Cyanide."

Edward P. Krenzelok, PharmD, FAACT, DABAT, director Pittsburgh Poison Center & Drug Information Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Gordon J. Vanscoy, PharmD, MBA., CACP, associate professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh.

Health and Safety Executive: "Cyanide poisoning -- New recommendations on first aid treatment."

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: "Hydrogen Cyanide Fact Sheet."

University of Melbourne: "Faculty of Science: School of Chemistry -- Safety."

Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: "Facts About Cyanide."

Edward P. Krenzelok, PharmD, FAACT, DABAT, director Pittsburgh Poison Center & Drug Information Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Gordon J. Vanscoy, PharmD, MBA., CACP, associate professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh.

Health and Safety Executive: "Cyanide poisoning -- New recommendations on first aid treatment."

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: "Hydrogen Cyanide Fact Sheet."

University of Melbourne: "Faculty of Science: School of Chemistry -- Safety."

Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

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