, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 149-150
Date: 23 Aug 2012

Hyperbaric Therapy for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Unlike most illnesses, which affect the patient only, carbon monoxide poisoning causes headaches and confusion, both in patients and in physicians. Most patients present with non-specific symptoms (often including headaches and confusion), so that diagnosis is a major pitfall. On top of this, there is the question of what to do once carbon monoxide poisoning has been diagnosed. This is the biggest headache for the physician, and it is an area where confusion is common. It is always helpful to have a thorough analysis of a topic, especially the subject of carbon monoxide poisoning and the effectiveness of its management by hyperbaric therapy.[1]Unfortunately, the question remains unresolved, and is likely to stay that way for some time.[2,3]The conclusion that what is needed is a well designed trial is rather unhelpful – we cannot wait 5 or 10 years for an answer, someone has to decide in the meantime what should be done for the poisoned patient. If that trial, completed in several year ...