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Mass carbon monoxide poisoning
  1. C McGuffie1,
  2. J P Wyatt2,
  3. G W Kerr3,
  4. W S Hislop3
  1. 1Accident and Emergency Department, Southern General NHS Trust, Glasgow
  2. 2Accident and Emergency Department, Treliske Hospital, Truro, Cornwall
  3. 3Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley
  1. Mr Jonathan Wyatt, Honorary Fellow in Forensic Medicine and Consultant in Accident and Emergency, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3LJ


The largest occurrence of carbon monoxide poisoning in Britain demonstrates the potential for mass accidental poisoning. It emphasises the need for strict public health controls and the importance of good liaison between emergency services to ensure that such events are quickly recognised and that the necessary resources are organised.

  • carbon monoxide
  • poisoning
  • major incident

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