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Carbon Monoxide Hazards

 

Bob Baron, MD practices at Banner Good Samaritan Medical


Carbon Monoxide Hazards - Full Transcription

text: This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

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audio: Hi, my name is Doctor Bob Baron. I am an emergency physician at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

text: Bob Baron, MD – Emergency Medicine – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

audio: I want to make you aware of a colorless, odorless environmental hazard that causes

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audio: unsuspecting people to become seriously ill, or even drown, every year on our nation’s lakes.

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audio: Please listen, because this is important information, and it may just keep your family safe.

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audio: During hot summer months, many of us escape to local lakes, and often this may include the use of boats or houseboats.

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audio: Propulsion engines and generators on these boats produce carbon monoxide – a gas that can be fatal when inhaled. These boat engines and generators are not required to have catalytic converters

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text: 188 times more carbon monoxide

audio: so they produce 188 times more carbon monoxide than a similar engine in your car or truck.

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text: headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea and fainting

audio: The symptoms of CO poisoning may include: headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea and fainting. Be very cautious though, because sometimes the first symptom experienced is unconsciousness due to the high levels of CO produced by these engines.

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audio: If carbon monoxide leads to unconsciousness in a water environment, the person quietly sinks below the surface and drowns, helpless to save themselves. Often those who drown were known to be excellent swimmers.

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text: Mild symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

audio: Even low-level exposures can be fatal because CO can slowly build-up in your blood. Mild symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may not be easy to identify because they are similar to those

text: food poisoning, seasickness, dehydration, or stomach flu

audio: of food poisoning, seasickness, dehydration, or stomach flu. So, before heading out on the water:

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audio: Be sure there is a working carbon monoxide detector in place for the interior spaces in your boat -- Know where your boat engine or generator deposits its exhaust -- Never allow anyone to occupy the area around a boat’s exhaust, including the swim platform, while the engine is running.

image: Dr. Bob Baron talking, inset boating scenes

audio: And finally, if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get the victim to fresh air and seek medical attention immediately.

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audio: Follow these, and other good sense guidelines (like wearing a life preserver), around the water. Keep your family safe while you enjoy all the beauty of our country’s lakes and waterways this summer.

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Page Last Modified: 02/22/2010
 
 
 
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