Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Hazard at Home and Work

by Instructor: Brittani Zurek, PharmD; Instructor: Daniella M. Krantz, MS, BS, CPhT

$15.00

i 1.00 CEH

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Carbon monoxide 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 annually. Unintentional, non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning is estimated to account for around $1.3 billion in lost earnings and emergency medical expenses every year in the U.S. Carbon monoxide 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 briquettes indoors. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are nonspecific, including nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, dizziness, and chest pain. These nonspecific symptoms can sometimes result in carbon monoxide poisoning being wrongly identified as the flu. Carboxyhemoglobin levels should be checked in patients suspected of carbon monoxide poisoning. Treatment with 100% oxygen causes carbon monoxide to dissociate from hemoglobin, allowing the patient to recover. However, carbon monoxide poisoning also results in many long-term consequences, especially neurological dysfunction. It is important for healthcare professionals to have long-term clinical follow-up with patients who have had carbon monoxide poisoning, because neurological symptoms may not develop until a few months later. This may be something technicians, under the supervision of the pharmacist, can implement in their community pharmacy. By tagging the patient’s chart, an automatic task can be set to alert the technician to have routine follow-up phone calls with the patient to ensure proper compliance. Proper identification of carbon monoxide poisoning and long-term monitoring can help avoid permanent complications or possible death.

About the Course Author

Brittani Zurek, PharmD, is a pharmacist and medical writer who graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. Brittani Zurek, PharmD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Daniella M. Krantz is a Neurodiagnostic Technologist with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Previously, she was an Instructor to candidate pharmacy technicians with Indiana University South Bend. Daniella M. Krantz, MS, BS, CPhT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-19-GANN-F3-0193
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2020-09-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-05-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe long-term consequences of carbon monoxide poisoning.; Identify symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.; Identify strategies for management of acute carbon monoxide poisoning.; Recognize the causes of carbon monoxide poisoning and appropriate preventive strategies.; Review the properties of carbon monoxide and the pathophysiology of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Entry level Emergency Medical Personnel; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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