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YELLOW BELLIED MARMOTS AND CASTMD BATTLES OF EPIC PROPORTIONS

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

 

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Those darn "yellow-bellied" marmots.  Yes, my wife and I did talk with the Minister of the Blog-O-Sphere last Saturday at the Shabby sale.  I was telling him, while my wife laughed WITH me, not AT me the infamous tales of the marmot wars going on at our home.

 

 

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We live up on a hill.  It has always been peaceful.  Then one day, while playing my guitar sitting on the deck…I see what??  This big flowered plant in my wife’s garden area is shaking back and forth.  What??  Did my eyes deceive me??  Looking around the lawn and into the aspen trees, no wind was noted.  Then suddenly, like someone had yelled, “TIMBER” in my ears, the plant fell over..crashing into the lawn.  Now one might think I was crazy.  But, I carefully placed my guitar on the stool…walked over to the now fallen beautiful comrade.  Yup…eaten flat across…sharp dissection as with a scalpel blade…less bloody in vision, but more bloody in revengeful feelings.  Let the war begin! 

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We had been having trouble with some of our plants and flowers.  It continued randomly until more lakeside building below us happened.  These marmots, cute, furry, and cuddly, are quite the resistant critter.  What to do.  One of the local varmint guys said, “All’s you can do is shoot ‘em.”  In the neighborhood I thought?  Hardly.  Plus, they’re stealthy and quick.  They watch for you.  A squeak from a door alone will alarm their defensive dive into the ground.

 

We saw an ad or product about keeping the varmints away.  They were these submarine-torpedo looking aluminum rods.  Standing about 20 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter, with batteries loaded, you push them into the ground.  At random times, a signal is sent shaking the earth…maybe similar to the new movie, Ocean’s 13.  Well, anyway, we had these avenger rods throughout our garden and greenery.  Day after day…the plants were felled like a clear-cut in the woods.  What were we to do…?

 

We thought there was a rather large family reunion of these varmints, marmots now called of the squirrel family…near one of our home-grown rock planters.  I paid my son and his buddies years ago, a dime for every rock bigger than their hands, to build these planters.  This area became ground zero.  So, the water hose it was, "water boarding," I thought.  We waited and stalked the critters.  Flushed for hours, trying to make their life miserable.  What did I see?  I swear to the Almighty, one of them sliding down the hillside, like kids on a Slip n’ Slide®!

 

Now knowing that my enemy was strong and well fortressed, it was time to talk with more professionals.  Well, my attention was directed to the smoke bombs.  These things are more powerful than Superman, more web entangling than Spiderman, and more dangerous than CatWoman.  So I purchased a sleeve of these poisonous smoke producing rods.  Well, off to the planning stage again, securing a savagely strategic plot against those critters.  No more buying flowers and plants redundantly.  Think of the money to be saved.  Early retirement I thought.

 

So, I carefully inspected the hillside.  Monitoring each and every move by these unwelcome visitors, THIS plan would become the "Mission Accomplished.” 

 

While holding my breath literally, I lit one of these smoke bombs and slid it into the hole.  Then number two into another, then number three, and lastly number four…like torpedoes being called from the master.

 

I thought this will be it.  Victory so close to grasp. 

 

After about three to four minutes, happily watching from my perched binocular position, an amazing universal, near existential experience was witnessed.  My whole hillside now smoked, not the four holes…but hundreds.  Like the exhausting sulfur gas fields of Yellowstone and Glacier, the property was steaming with this poisonous smoke. 

  

Within a few minutes, I thought, someone is going to call the Fire Department due to all the smoke.  Outlet after outlet, the rising smoke then diminished.  It was over.  The offensive was over.  My observation keen.  Success.

 

Call me crazy, but thinking back, I swear the smell of cigar smoke was amongst the gas-smoke smell.  Could those little furry varmints have been sittin’ back with a cold one, smokin’ a cigar in their cozy dens, watching the doctor’s next strategic play? 

 

The next morning, about three more plants had been felled…But soon, new construction left huge rocks and boulders about a block away.         

It seemed they found a new territory.

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 BREAKING TV NEWS AFTER MY BLOGPOST: MARMOT INVASION

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POISON CENTERS AND TOXINS AND POISONINGS METH to METHANOL to MUSHROOMS – One Call 1-800-222-1222

Friday, April 27th, 2007

This is the time of year when lawn chemicals, yard cleanups, and neighborhood events start to be exposed and available to little hands.  Certainly many chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides, fuels, and cleaning agents are ubiquitous in homes and garages.  But beware.  Many of these chemicals are poisonous and dangerous with regard to flammability, explosiveness, and chemical burns.

Each dollar invested in poison centers saves about seven dollars in expenses not needed if the patients go into their doctor, their clinics, or their hospitals.  This is a great public health service.

Over the years since the early 60's, the poison centers have become an integral part of the healthcare network.  Now with the terrorism issues, the poison centers have become an integral monitoring source of information, as many times calls come to the poison centers early and often, thereby making a grid of what is happening and where it is happening.

For instance, when the bad botulism toxin product that was being used by spas and clinics that were trying to save money by not buying and using the approved botulinum toxin brand, the poison centers were seeing a problem early.  Patients across the country, in pockets, were being paralyzed – not just the muscles of the eyebrow, forehead, and other smaller muscles.

The poison centers across the USA now have a single number.  Depending on your area code, your call will be forwarded to the center in your area, or the one contracted by your state officials.  For instance, Idaho calls go to Denver's poison center.  Alaska's poison calls go to Oregon.  Washington's poison center gets all of Washington State's calls.  This year that number will be around 150,000 calls!   Poison calls are answered by an expert group of pharmacists, nurses, Pharm Ds and have backup by physicians specializing in toxicology and poisonings.  It is the number that the experts in all fields, from dermatologists to kidney specialists, call when the patient has been poisoned, or is toxic from unknown sources, or when the patient doesn't act or change based upon "normal" disease states.

The goal of Poison Prevention Week is to reduce illnesses, injuries, and deaths due to poisonings; build safer communities; and reduce unnecessary health care costs for everyone.

 

Here are some ways to be poison cautious:

Obtain syrup of ipecac and keep it in your home – but use it ONLY if instructed to do so by a poison center or physician

Use child-resistant containers and remember, they are not childproof

Keep products in their original containers

Never call medicine candy or take it in the dark

Return products to storage areas immediately after use

Teach children about Mr. Yuk

Put Mr. Yuk stickers on all poisonous products  

Call the Poison Center for a free information packet and Mr. Yuk stickers  

Keep emergency numbers next to your phone:

1-800-222-1222

 

What is National Poison Prevention Week?

Public Law 87-319 authorizes the President to designate annually the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. This act of Congress was signed into law on September 16, 1961, by President Kennedy, after which the Poison Prevention Week Council was organized to coordinate this annual event. Congress intended this event as a means for local communities to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings and to take such preventive measures as the dangers warrant.

(PC week and listing adapted from WAPC.org website with commentary from castMD.com)

PACK RATS AND SAVERS – CLUTTERERS ADDICTION

Friday, April 20th, 2007

 

Have you ever wondered why you saved something?  You find the dust accumulation, like fresh snow on the sidewalk, on the old book or stack of papers.  You can’t live without it, or them, or the files, or the boxes of the papers or files or smaller boxes.  You absolutely know, beyond any shadow of a doubt – that you, yes you, will indeed, one day, not soon, but some day – require that item to be whole.  Wow….

Why do the savers do this?  I remember walking into an office of a professor once.  Little did I remember of our conversation.  Overwhelming amazement and disbelief warped my mind as the mountains of papers sat from the floor to the ceiling.  Not only papers, but also the books, the binders, the boxes of books, and the boxes of binders.  Why would he need a conference syllabus from 1979? 

That little seashell gift from your Auntie is still valuable and taking up space not only on the mantle, but also in your brain.  She gave that to you in 1960!

Clutter is intimate.  Clutter represents the untapped resource of the final idea.  Clutter is the soul of what can become.  All those articles neatly filed, catalogued, scanned into a progression of finding it someday.  All the unread, partially read, outdated books that may become part of your next book, or writing, or an editorial. 

Possibly the worst offending clutterers?  Certainly teachers hit the top of the list, at all levels.  Hobbiest are great clutterers, never know when you need that spool or dried up glue.  Some of that remaining blue yarn could become the hair of that unique doll for the grandchildren.  But everyone is a clutterer. 

Your next dinner party, social engagement, or backyard barbe will prove my point.  Just look around.  Why is the broken golf ornament still on his desk?  Big Bird finger puppet – thought he went out years ago?  What’s behind that door?

Offices, garages, and closets make great hideaways for the clutterer’s calmness.  But overall the problem rests somewhere between poverty, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADD, and depression, all mixed for normality to hypomania.  Within all of this, is creativity.  Clutterers are creative, like the addictive mind.  They find the place, the time, the hidden capacity to make the world around them in the mirror look normal.  But the reflection from the mirror tells a different truth and perspective.

Now, not all clutterers, savers, and pack rats deserve such painful insight.  But as the time train continues the “eternal project” remains incomplete for another day. 

The rules:

1.  Experiment with throwing something away.  Calculate in advance how you will feel, then, in a day or so, compare your reality with what you calculated.  Pain or gain?

2.  Start clearing by starting with smaller boxes of items, a drawer, a desk, a closet.  Can’t eat the elephant with one bite.

3.  Feel good about donating to others who might use it, like Goodwill or other charitable agencies.

4.  With the modern day video cameras, photograph the things that represent memories and get rid of the junk.   It is the memory we clutch to, not really the item.

5.  Talk with your family, friends, colleagues.  They do it too.  Every family has one !

6.  A nice compromise for families that distress over the junk…make a memory box.

7.  Remember, only the feelings are real, the uncompleted task is still part of the soul. 

8.  Professional counseling is required to break the grip of this strange yet sometimes funny process of the human spirit.

 

Well, today, I was going to go find a cheap storage unit.  Which stack of paper was that ad in?  Which box?   Which room?  Oh, ya, in the bathroom…oh, it was at work…….

 

 

(adapted from The Magazine, 2007 Jan. with significant commentary by CastMD)

The Cost of Cremated Ashes: Dad Nose Best A New Cocaine Substitute – Keith Richard’s Marketing Expertise’ – a parody of abuse

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

THE ROLLING STONE'S KEITH RICHARDS MAYBE SNORTED HIS DAD THE TABLOIDS HAVE COMMENTED AND THERE SEEMS TO BE CONTROVERSY REGARDING WHETHER IT WAS TRUE OR NOT.  CastMD CONTINUES TO DIG INTO THIS ISSUE WITH CLARITY AND REASON.  BUT INQUIRING BRAINIACS WANT TO KNOW THE NUMBERS……..SO HERE THEY ARE ! 

Theory:

Average cremation remains = 3700 grams

Crackdowns on producers and smugglers of cocaine in Colombia and the United States have caused the wholesale price of the drug to rise sharply, according to officials of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. A kilogram, 2.2 pounds, of cocaine that cost a dealer $15,000 six months ago now costs $25,000 to $30,000, Frank Chellino, a spokesman for the agency's Miami office, said. (NYT 4-5-07)

 

The common street selling price of cocaine hydrochloride powder is $80-$100 per gram. The purity of the drug is TYPICALLY diluted by dealers wanting to increase the volume of the cocaine to multiply profits. Popular "cutting" agents include lactose, inositol, mannitol, lidocaine, and even cornstarch, talcum powder, or sugar.  NOW YOU CAN CUT WITH DAD'S ASHES !!!

 

 

 

 

 Freebase cocaine is cocaine without its water-soluble component, or "base." It is prepared by prepping cocaine hcl with an alkali, and separating the cocaine from its impurities. The preparation of freebase cocaine involves the use of highly flammable solvents such as ether. "Crack" or "rock" cocaine is the street name given to freebase cocaine processed from cocaine hydrochloride to a base, then using a base and heating it to remove the hydrochloride. The resulting mixture is allowed to harden, then broken into small pieces or rocks, which can be easily smoked in a pipe. The term "crack" refers to the crackling sound made when the mixture is smoked.

Therefore:

30,000 dollars divided by 1000 grams is 30 dollars a gm wholesale.  Yet the retail prices vary, but about the 100 dollars a gram retail street value.

3700 grams of cremation remains is 370,000 dollars of cocaine equivalency in weight. 

The most popular method of use is to separate the powder into fine "lines" of approximately 1/4 gram, 4-6 inches long. A small straw is then used to "snort" the cocaine into the nose.

3700 divided by 1/4 gm per line is:

14,800 lines of cremation-dad cocaine-substitute ! 

Now, a direct cremation cost noted on the web was:

Direct Cremation Service : $625.00*

Therefore:

Cost of cremation divided by 3700 grams of cocaine substitute is 625 / 3700 = 0.1689 dollar/gram

SUMMARY:

IF YOU BUY COCAINE YOU WILL BE PAYING 80-100 DOLLARS RETAIL FOR ONE GRAM

USE CREMATION-DAD COCAINE-SUBSTITUTE  AND YOU WILL PAY ONLY 17 CENTS PER GRAM

IF YOU DO DRUGS, YOU DO THE MATH…BUT DON'T SNORT DAD-SNOW. 

 

 

 

SUPER BOWL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — C.A.G.E. THIS HOP’S FOR YOU

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

THE DEBATE OF SUPER BOWL ASSOCIATED EVENTS RAGES ON.  THE DEBATE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RAGES ON.  WHERE AND WHEN THE TWO MEET IS CONTROVERSIAL.  EXAMINATION OF THE DATA IN MANY PLACES DOES NOT EQUATE TO A HIGHER RATE.  AGENDA AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM RAISES THE RELATIONSHIP MOSTLY.  HOWEVER…..

AND YEARS AGO, EVERYTHING WAS LINKED TO THE "FULL MOON CONSPIRACY" OF ILLNESS, INJURY, PSYCHIATRIC MALADIES, AND JUST PLAIN WEIRDNESS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM…..AND SHOWN TO BE DATA INSUFFICIENT TO PROVE THE POINT…..CAN'T BLAME THE MOON THIS SUPERBOWL, AS THAT WAS A DAY OR TWO AGO….. 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOES OCCUR AS WELL AS ALCOHOL OVERUSE AND ABUSE – ALL HAPPEN ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.  BUT THESE EVENTS HAPPEN ON NON-SUPER BOWL SUNDAYS ALSO, AND MONDAYS, AND TUESDAYS, AND WEDNESDAYS, AND THURSDAYS, AND FRIDAYS, AND SATURDAYS.  SO…..

WHAT MATTERS IS THAT ALL THOSE SUPERBOWL COMMMERCIALS SPONSORED BY THE BEER INDUSTRY CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE THE "FUN" OF THE ALCOHOL OVERUSE AND ABUSE.  WHAT THEY DO NOT ADVERTISE IS THE DARK SIDE OF THE ALOCHOL OVERUSE AND ABUSE…AND THE SUBSEQUENT POSSIBILITIES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CRIME, DUI, CHILD ABUSE, AND FAMILY DISCORD – NOT TO MENTION JOB LOSS, WORKPLACE INEFFICIENCY, FINANCIAL RUIN, AND HIGH PERSONAL RISK.  SO…..

TAKE THE TEST ON THIS SUPERBOWL SUNDAY:

Screening Test Questions:

  • Have you ever thought you ought to Cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you feel Annoyed at criticism of your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you feel Guilty about your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you ever take an Early-morning drink (eye-opener) or use drugs upon awakening  ("a little hair of the dog that bit you") to start the day or to feel better?

SOME SAY AT LEAST ONE-THIRD OF ALL WOMEN WILL BE INVOLVED IN SOME FORM OF DOMESTIC PARTNER VIOLENT BEHAVIOR IN THEIR LIFETIME.

AN ESTIMATED 5 MILLION INCIDENCES OCCUR ANNUALLY.

AN ESTIMATED 1500 WOMEN DIE YEARLY FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

EMPLOYEES MAY REPRESENT 20-25% OF VICTIMS OF THIS TYPE OF LIFESTYLE.

IMPACT ZONE:  INTERVENE WITH A FELLOW EMPLOYEE, ASSOCIATE, FRIEND IF YOU THINK THE QUESTION IS APPROPRIATE.   "ARE YOU SAFE?"  "CAN WE HELP?"  "HOW CAN WE HELP?"

ERTALES FROM THIS ER DOC * hugs rule

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

The little boy was literally climbing up the pantleg of his mother.  "He's scared," she told me.  "He had a bad time at his doctor's last time," the anxious mom added.  Our eyes, the 5 year old's and mine, sized up each other -  man to man, muscle to muscle, universe to universe. There would now be an internal debate of trustworthiness – on each side – of this heavy weight moment in time.  His reluctance to be lifted on the exam table was obvious as the arms of safety were peeled by his mother from her neck.  I sat and watched.  Not a word.  Quiet. 

We drew our weapons.  His, a stare of cold steel; mine, a shiny ear scope.  Instead, as I sat, I asked to look at mom's ears. I did.  I asked to look in mom's mouth, and pretendingly did.  His evaluation of my performance was sharply etched in his mind's acute processor.  I drew my stethoscope to his mom's back to listen to lungs.  Then, I slowly, like the gunfight at the o-k corral, drew toward his watchful perched position of power, while me on the subordinate exam rollerstool.  

He said, "I have a dog!"  I said nothing, as it could be a ploy, a plot, a trojan horse comment to quickly surround me with ear piercing shrills and dashing speed to his circle of wagons, mom.   I waited.  My eye honed to his eye.  He said the dog's name.  I shook my head in approval. I drew my rollerstool closer and closer.  His eye honed to my eye.  Slowly, like the draw of the bow during the hunt, my otoscope entered his right ear.  Then the left.  The test of the tonsil lay in front of the medical warriors.  "Can you eat an elephant?," I asked.  He opened his mouth so wide I could see his appendix.  He held the tongue blade.  Not needed.  His lungs were listened to with the kid-size stethoscope.  No rash.  "Tonsillitis," I said to him as my stealthy roller steed backed away.  He looked at his support staff, his mom.  "You will take the medicine for your mom?" and he shook his head affirmatively.  The warriors were exhausted. 

Celebratory and coexistent now.  To the Tootsie Pop drawer, we went.  Hand in hand from the exam table battlefield, to the oasis of sweets.  His choice was deliberately selected with a keen appreciation for what was to be.

On the escort out of the exam area, with Tootsie Pop in hand, my leg became heavy.  The small warrior's arm was hugging around my leg, just above the knee.  Stride for stride, we were proudly successful.  I said, "Do you want to give me a hug?"  He put his arms up high, as I reached over to accept his offer of goodwill.  We hugged.  Mom smiled.   I said to my newly made battlefield-weary friend, "Hugs are good."  He said, "bye," as he secured his mother's hand to see the world.

IMMEDIATE CARE urgent care CLINICS – WHY WAIT IN THE ER * MINOR EMERGENCY WALK IN * URGENT CARE * INJURY ILLNESS – WORKER OCCUPATIONAL CARE – DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE TESTING – MRO REVIEW – SPORTS CARE – FAMILY CARE – URGENT CARE

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

IMMEDIATE CARE urgent care CLINICS – WHY WAIT IN THE ER  * MINOR EMERGENCY WALK IN * URGENT CARE * INJURY ILLNESS – WORKER OCCUPATIONAL CARE – DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE TESTING – MRO REVIEW – SPORTS CARE – FAMILY CARE – URGENT CARE

  • OVER THE PAST DECADE AT LEAST 400 (FOUR HUNDRED) OR MORE EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE CLOSED
  • GREATER 120 MILLION PEOPLE WERE TREATED IN ERS A FEW YEARS AGO – GROWING
  • GROWTH IS AN ALARMING 20-30% EVERY 5-10 YEARS
  • COMPLICATED PATIENTS CONTINUE TO GROW – AIDS, TB, CANCER, ADVANCED DIABETES, STROKE, HEART DISEASE COMPLICATIONS, TRAUMA, SHOOTINGS, DRUGS OF ABUSE
  • NEARLY 50 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE NO INSURANCE OR LIMITED ACCESS

click on link -  http://www.nimcc.com

WHAT TO DO:

BRING A LIST OF YOUR ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS, PAST MEDICAL HISTORY, EKG IF YOU HAVE IT, AND NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, AND INSURANCE INFO IF IN DATE 

 

GO TO IMMEDIATE CARE IF UNSURE  – IF NOT SEVERELY ILL OR INJURED

IF YOU MUST GO TO THE ER, GO IN THE MORNING…LESS BUSY USUALLY

WHEN IN DOUBT –  IF ILLNESS OR INJURY IS SEVERE…CALL 911

TELL THE TRIAGE NURSE YOUR SYMPTOMS…ALL OF THEM

KNOW THE CREDENTIALS OF YOUR DOCTOR…EXPERIENCE

IS THE EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN RESIDENCY TRAINED IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

IS THE EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BOARD-CERTIFIED IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

BRING AN ADVOCATE TO WATCH, LISTEN, AND ASK QUESTIONS – ESPECIALLY IF VERY ILL

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS CAN TAKE CARE OF MANY ILLNESSES AND MINOR EMERGENCIES – CALL IF UNSURE

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS CAN STABILIZE AND TRANSFER TO THE HOSPITAL

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS HAVE BOARD CERTIFIED ER DOCS AND ER EXPERIENCED DOCS

CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) POISONING EPIDEMIC * prevention – WARNING – CAUSES – SYMPTOMS – THERAPY – GOAL – LONG TERM EFFECTS – **mandatory reporting effort by Washington State Public Health and Washington Posion Center

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

 

 

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning   *  Emergency

 

(fires photos from:  nifc.gov)
(product photos from:  web general sites)
(house photo from: kltv, texas)

 

Generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, basement, garage, or camper – or even outside near an open window. 

Every home should have at least one working carbon monoxide detector. The detector’s batteries should be checked twice annually, at the same time smoke detector batteries are checked.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled.
When power outages occur during emergencies such as hurricanes or winter storms, the use of alternative sources of fuel or electricity for heating, cooling, or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home, garage, or camper and to poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, more than 500 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning.
CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

How to Recognize CO Poisoning
Exposure to CO can cause loss of consciousness and death. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.

Important CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

  • Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
  • Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
  • If conditions are too hot or too cold, seek shelter with friends or at a community shelter.
  • If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away.

 

Educational materials

 

(adapted from CDC website)

 

Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized medical treatment in which the patient breathes 100 per cent oxygen while inside a chamber at increased atmospheric pressure. HBO is used for specific medical conditions. HBO has long been (PHOTO: hcmc hbo ctr) recognized as vital in the resolution of critical medical conditions such as gas gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, air embolism due to diving, trauma, or surgical procedures, and decompression sickness. It is also an important adjunct for specific wound healing conditions.

 

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) lists the following indications: approved uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy:

  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation
  • Clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Decompression sickness
  • Enhancement of selected problem wounds
  • Exceptional blood loss anemia
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Radiation tissue damage (Osteoradionecrosis)
  • Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
  • Thermal burns
  • Adjunctive HBO in intracranial abscess

 

 (adapted from:  HCMC HBO Ctr)

 

 

Carbon monoxide poisoning: Reporting required

Due to the ongoing severe cold weather conditions and associated increase in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning among King County (PHOTO: hcmc hbo ctr)  residents, Public Health is making suspected CO poisoning immediately reportable to Public Health by hospitals and healthcare provi
ders for seven days from today, through Dec. 24, 2006
. This period will be extended if necessary.

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. Inhalation of carbon monoxide gas typically leads to headache, dizziness, and confusion, which might progress to dyspnea, tachypnea, syncope, and metabolic acidosis.  Laboratory criteria for diagnosis: A case in which carboxyhemoglobin concentration exists >5% in venous or arterial blood in nonsmokers and >10% in smokers, as determined by hospital or commercial laboratory tests. The typical range of carboxyhemoglobin concentrations in smokers is 6%-10%.

 

Advice regarding diagnosis and treatment management of CO intoxication is available 24/7 through Washington State Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

This health order impacts primarily emergency departments (ED) and the information should be disseminated to all ED staff in King County hospitals immediately. A designated person on each shift should be identified to report cases of CO poisoning to Public Health.

 (adapted from the Seattle/King County Public Health Announcement) 

THE CONTROVERSY CONTINUES:  DOES THE HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HELP?

Current assessment and treatment of CO poisoning in the
emergency department is grossly inadequate to prevent serious
neurologic complications. HBOT speeds removal of CO from
tissues and counters a number of its deleterious effects. Past studies
have demonstrated efficacy of HBOT for reducing the incidence of
neurologic sequelae, even though only three sessions of HBOT
were used. Clinical experience such as that reported here shows that
HBOTtreatment late in the course of established impairments from
CO can lead to clinical improvements. Improvement is documented
by evidence of increased brain metabolism on functional brain
imaging by SPECT after HBOT. Further study as well as wider
availability of HBOT, particularly for persons such as firefighters
who are at high occupational risk of CO poisoning, is warranted. 

AND THESE TREATMENTS ARE NOT CONCLUSIVE IN MANY STUDIES THUS FAR…(editorial comment by castMD.com)

Richard A. Neubauer, M.D.
Virginia Neubauer
Alan Ko Chi Nu,
M.D. William S.
Maxfield, M.D., FACNM
, is Medical Director, Ocean Hyperbaric
Neurologic Center, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL. is
Research Director, Ocean Hyperbaric Neurologic Center.
, is a hyperbaric physician practicing in Taipei, Taiwan.
, is a radiologist and Chief of Nuclear Medicine at
Ocean Hyperbaric Neurologic Center.

(adapted from:  Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 11 Number 2 Summer 2006)