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Maria Margiotta
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Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
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For Immediate Release

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Primer

Most deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning can be avoided, said Dr. Aryeh Shander of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. "We are available to treat carbon monoxide victims every day, around-the-clock at the Medical Center through the use of specialized oxygen therapy that hastens recovery, in addition to saving lives in some cases," said the doctor. "However, we believe education and preventive steps are as or more important in stopping what is sometimes called the invisible killer.”

Dr. Shander (right) and Ken Capek, administrative director of the Center of Hyperbaric Medicine, with a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide poisoning makes for headline news too often during the heating season, said anesthesiologist Aryeh Shander, MD, of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, which provides expert care for poisoning victims through a unique service offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

"Many people don't know the causes of this potentially deadly condition, or that it can be prevented," said the physician, who is Englewood Hospital's chief of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine. "We're talking about approximately 500 deaths nationwide each year, most of which could be prevented."

"We are available to treat carbon monoxide victims every day, around-the-clock through the use of specialized oxygen therapy that hastens recovery, in addition to saving lives in some cases," continued Dr. Shander. "However, we believe education and preventive steps are as or more important in stopping what is sometimes called the invisible killer.”

  • Remember that carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless

  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning (shortness of breath, nausea, headache,


    dizziness, lightheadedness) and never ignore them. At low levels, symptoms are very


    deceptive because they resemble the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses.

  • Educate yourself and your family in advance about the do's and don'ts of alternate


    power sources during a power failure

  • Have your fuel-burning appliances (including oil and gas furnaces, gas water heaters,


    gas ranges and ovens, gas dryers, gas or kerosene space heaters, fireplaces and wood


    stoves) inspected yearly.

  • Make sure fuel-burning appliances are properly vented, including gas or kerosene space


    heaters

  • Never use a gas oven for heat.

  • Never idle the car in a garage, even if the door is open

  • Never use a charcoal grill or a gasoline or kerosene powered equipment such as a


    chainsaw or generator in an enclosed space.

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector and use it only for its recommended lifespan.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has an Underwater Hyperbaric Medicine Society (UHMS) certified program with two chambers that provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) to victims of carbon monoxide, in addition to patients suffering from other serious conditions such as deep-sea bends and hard-to-heal wounds. The program, the only one of its kind in the state, is available 24-7, and accepts patients on an emergency basis, including critically ill individuals such as crush victims.

For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning or hyperbaric oxygen therapy, visit englewoodhospital.com or contact Ken Capek, administrative director of the Center of Hyperbaric Medicine, at 201-894-3157 or ken.capek@ehmc.com.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous awards and accreditations from the Joint Commission, J.D. Power and Associates, HealthGrades, and other organizations.  Englewood Hospital is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with the prestigious Magnet™ status, the highest recognition for nursing excellence - a distinction earned three consecutive times by our nursing staff.