CO – “The Silent Killer”. Carbon Monoxide (CO) vs. Carbon Dioxide (CO 2 ). Incidence of CO poisoning. Leading cause of poisoning mortality. Most common cause of death in combustion related inhalation injury. 1000 to 2000 deaths / year ( USA ) Difficult diagnosis :
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shortness of breath 40%
visual changes 25%
chest pain 9%
loss of consciousness 6%
abdominal pain 5%
muscle cramping 5%
Note : - Young children (breath faster), elderly and household pets are usually effected first.