EDCO – Screening for Carbon Monoxide Exposure in Emergency Departments
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, tasteless, odourless gas produced by incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels such as gas appliances. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause a range of symptoms such as headache, nausea and dizziness.
The incidence of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure in England is not known; it is thought to be misdiagnosed by health professionals, with potential risks to patients of ill health and death.
The primary aim of the project is to identify how commonly people presenting to emergency departments are actually exposed to CO, which will inform how policy makers and public health staff develop appropriate preventative strategies in future.