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ISSN: 2157-7145

Journal of Forensic Research
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Review Article

Accidental fatal intoxication with Carbon Monoxide

Robert M. Bruce-Chwatt*

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Robert M. Bruce-Chwatt
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 02, 2011; Accepted date: September 06, 2011; Published date: September 20, 2011

Citation: Bruce-Chwatt RM (2011) Accidental fatal intoxication with Carbon Monoxide. J Forensic Res 2:136. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000136

Copyright: © 2011 Bruce-Chwatt RM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Despite repeated warnings, newspaper reports of fatalities and public health and safety campaigns; accidental deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning continue to occur. They can be from accident, ignorance, criminal negligence or foolhardiness; what ever the reason such deaths are tragic and often avoidable. The case presented here was some of these. The physiology and biochemistry is discussed as well as other unusual causes of death by suffocation. This includes the use and abuse of helium from party balloons and nitrous oxide from the misuse of whipped cream dispensers provoking near suffocation and the occasional deaths, though fortunately rare.

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