Tuesday, December 06, 2011
CINCINNATI –Most parents are careful and cautious about having and storing poisonous substances in their home. But there is one poison that is impossible to see or smell and it can be deadly. The poison is carbon monoxide (CO) and it is particularly dangerous in the winter due to malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, water heaters and idling cars in attached garages.
Earl Siegel, Pharm. D, Director, Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center says that CO is called the “silent killer” because it can’t be seen or smelled, and high levels of exposure can kill within minutes. “Fetuses, infants, elderly people, and people with anemia or with a history of heart or respiratory disease can be especially susceptible,” says Siegel.
The following are some tips to help prevent CO poisoning during the winter season.
If you think you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning, call DPIC at 513-636-5111 or toll free at 1-800-222-1222. Skilled staff can offer recommended treatment for emergencies and advice or concerns about poisons and drugs 24 hours a day.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report's 2011 Best Children's Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for gastroenterology and in the top 10 for all pediatric specialties - a distinction shared by only two other pediatric hospitals in the United States. Cincinnati Children's is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. It is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org