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<< Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Children: Diagnosis And Management In The Emergency Department

Prehospital Care

First and foremost, emergency responders must ensure scene safety. This may include allowing the fire department to remove a source of exposure, or at least allowing measurement of air CO levels prior to approaching the patient. There are case reports of emergency medical service (EMS) personnel becoming victims of CO poisoning themselves when responding to a call where the CO level was very high.68,69

The next priority is to remove the victim from the source of exposure. 

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