Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inhaled Carbon Monoxide Treatment

Treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning includes hospitalization for oxygen therapy. Carbon monoxide strongly attaches to hemoglobin, which normally carries oxygen in the bloodstream. Treatment with oxygen helps to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide that is attached to hemoglobin. Severe carbon monoxide poisoning requires treatment in a hyperbaric chamber, which allows a doctor to deliver very high levels of oxygen to the bloodstream. Those who are in a coma require mechanical ventilation.

Treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning may include:

Inhaled Carbon Monoxide Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat carbon monoxide poisoning:

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Last Updated: May 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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