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Doctor insights on: Carbon Monoxide Suicide

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How much carbon monoxide is lethal?

How much carbon monoxide is lethal?

50%: This varies, but 50% would be lethal for most people. However, small children, an unborn child, and elderly would be more susceptible to lower doses. Carbon monoxide binds to blood cells causing caboxyhemoglobin which makes the red cell unable to oxygenate. At 10 to 15 % most people will be symptomatic- headache, fatigue, flu like symptoms. As the perecentage increases so do the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a possible way to detect carbon monoxide?

Is there a possible way to detect carbon monoxide?

CO Detector: Carbon monoxide (co) is colorless, odorless, and lethal in adequate concentrations. It requires a specific detector, most of which are independent from a traditional "smoke detector, " but some brands are combination units. They are strongly encouraged for sleeping areas. ...Read more

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How are people poisoned by carbon monoxide?

How are people poisoned by carbon monoxide?

Treacherous: I trust you are not a smoker. A faulty home heater can kill an entire family in their sleep. An old automobile without a catalytic converter can kill a would-be garage suicide as well as his family in the adjacent rooms. Faulty engines in airplanes are infamous. Using the barbecue indoors is a very bad idea. Do not go back into a burning building. ...Read more

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How can carbon monoxide kill you from a car?

How can  carbon monoxide kill you from a car?

Same as from a fire.: :) co displaces 02 (oxygen) from the hemoglobin on red blood cells so they cannot transport oxygen to the tissues of the body. Co binds much more tightly, so takes a long time to come off on its own. Roughly speaking, the body is asphyxiated by lack of available oxygen to the cells that need it. ...Read more

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What's the risk of carbon monoxide in the blood?

What's the risk of carbon monoxide in the blood?

Danger of carbon mon: Carbon monoxide is a toxin affecting the brain.The carbon monoxide displaces oxygen carried by hemoglobin. As a result, damage comes from the lack of oxygen. ...Read more

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How do you prevent carbon monoxide in your house?

Prevent cab-monoxide: Aerate the home and find defect in the house. Good suction above oven and kitchen + good aeration of chimney. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is carbon monoxide poisonous ?

Can you tell me how is carbon monoxide poisonous ?

Stops oxygen use: Carbon monoxide binds the the part of red blood cells that carry oxygen. As more of those binding sites get clogged with the CO less oxygen is carried to the body's organs. The binding is reversible so once the exposure stops the CO will fall off the hemoglobin after several hours and the red cells will work properly. That's why the treatment for exposure is to give 100% oxygen. ...Read more

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At what rate does carbon monoxide posioning affect you?

Usually hours...: ...Because the concentration of co is not that high, but it binds to the hemoglobin on red blood cells very tightly, so does not come off and builds up over time. Example is news reports of person(s) who slept with co leak & died over night--which is why separate co detectors are recommended (+ smoke detector). High concentration environment could build up more quickly, still likely a few hours. ...Read more