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What should you do if you think someone has carbon monoxide poisoning?

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  • Move the person away from carbon monoxide area.
  • If the person is unconscious, check for injuries before moving.
  • Turn off carbon monoxide source if you can do so safely.
  • Perform CPR for one minute before calling 911 if you are alone. Otherwise, have someone else call and begin CPR.
  • For a child, start CPR for children.
  • Continue CPR until the person begins breathing or emergency help arrives.

If the person is unresponsive, not breathing, or not breathing normally:

From: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Questions and Answers."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning."

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning."

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Information from eMedicineHealth .

ACLS Training Manual.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on September 09, 2017

SOURCES:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Questions and Answers."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning."

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning."

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Information from eMedicineHealth .

ACLS Training Manual.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on September 09, 2017

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