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Chronic CO Poisoning:



Ratio of Non-Fatal to Fatal Unintentional CO Poisoning in Colorado:1


Condition
Ratio
All
4.6
Vehicular
3.0
Furnaces (non-vehicular)
19

Thus, in Colorado for every CO death due to a malfunctioning furnace, there are 20 non-fatal CO poisonings.


Estimates Based on Statistical Data:2

  • 5,700 - 10,000 people seen in emergency rooms for suspected CO poisoning, 1992-94.
  • 200 CO-related fatalities during same period.
  • 7850 / 200 = 39.25

    Thus, for every CO death, this suggests there are 39.25 people who present to the ER for CO poisoning. How many more people with CO poisoning don't go to the ER, and thus are not found in the record?



    1 - Cook et al. Unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning in Colorado, 1986 - 1991. Am. J. Publ. Health, 85, 988-990, 1995
    2 - Ault, K., Estimates of non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning deaths and injuries. U.S. Consumer Product Safety, Annual Report, December, 1997.



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