Carbon dioxide as a potential danger to medical rescue teams at work – A case study
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Poznan University of Medical Sciences / Uniwersytet Medyczny im. Karola Marcinkowskiego w Poznaniu, Poznań, Poland (Department of Teaching Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy / Zakład Dydaktyki Anestezjologii i Intensywnej Terapii)
Medical University of Lodz / Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, Łódź, Poland (Department of Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine / Zakład Medycyny Ratunkowej i Medycyny Katastrof)
Online publication date: 2017-02-15
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Roland Podlewski   

Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Department of Teaching Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Marii Magdaleny 14, 61-861 Poznań, Poland
Med Pr Work Health Saf. 2017;68(1):135-8
Medical rescue teams might be exposed to the risk of accidental poisoning while performing rescue procedures. Exposure to the risk of lethal carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations is a rare situation. This case study describes rescuing a patient who suffered from sudden cardiac arrest due to accidental CO2 poisoning. The victim was finally evacuated and resuscitated, but the circumstances of the rescue operation point to the need to equip ambulances with carbon dioxide detectors and hermetic oxygen masks. Med Pr 2017;68(1):135–138
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