Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Hazard at Home and Work - CMEZ-PH160

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Hazard at Home and Work

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.4 / 87 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


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.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Hours dedicated to pharmacology: 0.25 contact hours
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

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

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Rebecca C - churchville, PA  ·  Sep 22, 2019
informative and educational
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Paulino N - Tampa, FL  ·  Aug 05, 2019
great review about CO poisoning
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Allison T - Ridgefield, CT  ·  Jul 28, 2019
I would recommend this to others
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Pastor Martin S - concord, CA  ·  Jun 11, 2019
very informative & applicable in my field of work.
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Manuel T - ROUND ROCK, TX  ·  May 10, 2019
Pretty good course, easy to understand
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Price: $15.00
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