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Incidence of severe unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning differs across racial/ethnic categories.
  • Published Date:
    2000 Jan-Feb
  • Source:
    Public Health Rep. 115(1):46-51
  • Language:
    English
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  • Pubmed ID:
    10968585
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMCnull
  • Description:
    This study was conducted to test the hypothesis that the incidence of severe, acute, unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning differs across racial/ethnic categories.|The authors retrospectively reviewed medical records of all Washington State residents treated with hyperbaric oxygen for severe, acute, unintentional CO poisoning from December 1, 1987, through February 28, 1997.|Among 586 Washington State residents treated with hyperbaric oxygen for severe, acute, unintentional CO poisoning, racial/ethnic designations could be determined from record review for 530 (90%). The black and Hispanic white populations of Washington State had higher relative risks for severe, acute, unintentional CO poisoning than the non-Hispanic white population. The most common sources of CO poisoning differed by racial/ethnic category.|Members of certain groups in Washington State are at higher risk for severe, unintentional CO poisoning. Public education programs regarding CO exposure should be targeted to populations at risk.

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