Carbon monoxide poisoning is a common cause of accidental death and suicide. This article reports 4 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning following the inhalation of fumes from disposable charcoal barbeques in a confined space. All of the cases occurred within a 2-year period in Northern Ireland.
From the State Pathologist's Department, Institute of Forensic Medicine, The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Manuscript received April 3, 2009; accepted April 11, 2009.
No funding was received for this work.
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
Reprints: James R. Lyness, MB, BCh, BAO, State Pathologist's Department, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Grosvenor Rd, Belfast, BT12 6BS, Northern Ireland. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.