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  Case #806 - CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

PeriFACTS
Case #806
TOPIC: CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Editor-in-Chief:
James R. Woods, Jr., M.D.
Associate Editors:
Kathryn Flynn, R.N.C., M.S.N.P.
J. Christopher Glantz, M.D.
Deborah Pittinaro, R.N.C., M.S.N.P.


Not adapted Original English Version!

Learning Objectives for PeriFACTS Case #806:
Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the biology of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • List fetal effects of maternal CO poisoning.
  • Develop a strategy for treating a pregnant woman with CO poisoning.

INTRODUCTION

A 21-year-old, African-American female, gravida 1, para 0, presents to the emergency department (ED) with suspicion of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The day before admission, the family heating system was repaired by a professional contractor. At that time, the patient was feeling fine and had no complaints. By that evening, however, she began to complain of a headache, nausea, and vomiting. She fell asleep late that evening and did not awaken until her mother ...
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