First Aid: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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In this video, you will learn how to administer first aid to a person who has suffered carbon monoxide poisoning by inhalation

This gaz is colourless, odorless, and causes no pain

In most cases, it comes from defective boilers or water-heaters

Depending on the condition of the casualty, two possible scenarios can play out

Scenario 1: The victim is conscious

They do not feel well and complain of having a headache, vertigo, nausea, or vomiting. They feel ill and dizzy, and may lose consciousness. In such instances, it is highly possible that they are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Open immediately all doors and windows to not take any risks

If possible, turn off the faulty device suspected of causing the carbon monoxide leak

Evacuate the casualty and, if possible, get them out into the open air

Place them in a comfortable position in which they feel most at ease

Call the emergency services

Scenario 2: You discover an unconscious casualty and notice that there is a boiler or water-heater present in the room,

you can therefore suspect that the casualty has suffered carbon monoxide poisoning by inhalation

open immediately all doors and windows, not take any chances

If possible, turn off the faulty device suspected of causing the carbon monoxide leak

If possible, perform an emergency evacuation and take the victim out into the open air.

Verify their breathing and act according to their condition...

Meaning that if they are breathing, place them in the recovery position. Call the emergency services, and cover and monitor them until their arrival

If they are not breathing, alert the emergency services or ask someone else nearby to do it, and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation, alternating 30 chest compressions with 2 rescue breaths

If you don't know how to give mouth-to-mouth, only perform chest compressions keeping a rhythm of two per second

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