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Acute carbon monoxide toxicity

Laing, Craig MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CEN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000423827.55123.06

During winter, the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) toxicity from malfunctioning heaters and inadequate ventilation increases. Even experienced healthcare professionals may miss signs and symptoms of this potentially fatal disorder. Learn to recognize CO toxicity promptly and respond appropriately.

Craig Laing is a nurse practitioner at Christiana Care Health System—Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

Be alert for this easy-to-miss illness.

The author has disclosed that he has no financial relationships related to this article.

Adapted and updated from Laing C. Acute carbon monoxide toxicity: the hidden illness you may miss. Nursing. 2010;40(11):39–43.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.