(5) Conscious patient. Consider carbon monoxide poisoning if the patient
shows these signs and symptoms:
(a) Headache and weakness.
Nausea and/or vomiting.
Loss of manual dexterity.
Acts confused, lethargic, irrational, or reckless.
(6) Very late signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Included are cherry-red
coloring of the unburned skin, changes in coloration of the mucous membranes,
unconsciousness, and obvious neurological damage. Do not wait for these signs since
cherry-red coloring may occur after death.
e. Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Suspect carbon
monoxide poisoning if you observe the following:
Edema of the face and neck.
Singed nasal hairs.
Carbonaceous sputum (caused by the death of lung tissue).
Burned mucosa in the mouth and throat (redness, swelling).
Sooty smell to the breath.
Stridor (a harsh, shrill respiratory sound), a medical emergency if
Depressed mental activity.
f. Treatment of Inhalation Injury. When treating inhalation injury patients,
remember to assess the airway continually. Generally, follow these guidelines:
Remove the patient from the area and place him in an area with fresh
Clear the airway immediately.