Carbon monoxide poisoning in Jerusalem: epidemiology and risk factors

  title={Carbon monoxide poisoning in Jerusalem: epidemiology and risk factors},
  author={Shaden Salameh and Yona Amitai and Meir Antopolsky and David Rott and Ruth Stalnicowicz},
  journal={Clinical Toxicology},
  pages={137 - 141}
Objectives. To describe the epidemiology of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in Jerusalem and identify risk factors for such poisoning. Design. A retrospective descriptive analysis of patients with CO poisoning who presented to the Hadassah hospitals in Jerusalem from 1994 to 2006. Patients. All patients with suspected CO poisoning were examined and those with confirmed cases [carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) level >5%] were included. Sources of exposure, seasonal variation, and demographic… 
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