Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Hazard at Home and Work - 19-GANN-F3-0193

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Hazard at Home and Work

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.5 / 151 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
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Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a major cause of thousands of visits to the ED every year in the United States. It is also responsible for about 1,000 to 2,000 deaths every year. Unintentional, non-fire-related CO poisoning has been estimated to account for around $1.3 billion in lost earnings and emergency medical expenses every year in the U.S. CO poisoning can occur from vehicle exhaust when cars are kept in garages, methylene chloride in paint thinner and other solvents, and improper use of gas-powered engines or charcoal briquette grills indoors. The symptoms of CO poisoning are nonspecific. These nonspecific symptoms can sometimes result in CO poisoning being wrongly identified as the flu. Treatment with 100% oxygen will cause carbon monoxide to dissociate from hemoglobin, allowing the patient to recover. However, CO poisoning can result in many long-term consequences, especially neurological dysfunction.


The goal of this continuing education module is to provide a comprehensive overview of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and its appropriate identification and management. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Review the properties of CO and the pathophysiology of CO poisoning
  • Recognize the causes of CO poisoning and appropriate preventive strategies
  • Identify the symptoms of CO poisoning
  • Describe long-term consequences of CO poisoning
  • Identify strategies for management of acute CO poisoning

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, physicians, and EMTs/paramedics.
EMTs/paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Basic CEH by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).

Course Originally Released on: 1/2/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/9/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/22/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Alyson D - `Tampa, FL  ·  Mar 24, 2020
information presented in a more graphic format would be better
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Indily M - Riverside, CA  ·  Mar 24, 2020
not too relevant regarding job title
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Albert A - Cape Coral, FL  ·  Mar 23, 2020
this is good information for all
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Regino P - Brentwood, CA  ·  Mar 21, 2020
very useful on everyday life and needed course as EMT
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Colleen F - TAMPA, FL  ·  Mar 20, 2020
learned something new...a lot of important information.
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