Carbon Monoxide Toxicity Advice
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is not a regular ailment suffered by divers but is usually caused by scuba diving with contaminated air inside the tank.
Carbon Monoxide Toxicity in diving can happen when there is incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons from the compressor and also from smoking cigarettes.
It can cause permanent brain damage and may be fatal if not quickly detected and corrected.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Causes
Contaminated air due to;
- Faulty compressor
- Exhaust fumes entering compressor air inlet (Hookah divers, beware of wind/tide changes)
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms
- Irritability, confusion, memory loss, apathy, drowsiness
- Nausea and perhaps vomiting
- Shortness of breath
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Treatments
- Remove from the source
- Monitor the signs of life and begin CPR if necessary
- Provide 100% oxygen and get medical aid
- Members should call the DAN emergency hotline for advice (hyperbaric oxygen treatment is often required)
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Special Considerations
It is possible to have Carbon Monoxide Toxicity without any obvious signs or symptoms.
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