Deaths Caused by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in an Open Environment (Outdoors)

    Volume 32, Issue 6 (November 1987)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 November 1987

    Page Count: 2


    Dana, SE
    Chief medical examiner and deputy chief medical examiner, Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office, San Antonio, TX

    DiMaio, VJM
    Chief medical examiner and deputy chief medical examiner, Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office, San Antonio, TX

    (Received 19 February 1987; accepted 7 April 1987)

    Abstract

    Three deaths as a result of inhalation of carbon monoxide from the exhaust fumes of automobiles are reported. All deaths occurred outside and not in a structure. The individuals were white males, ages 24 to 26 years. Blood carboxyhemoglobin concentrations ranged from 58 (in a decomposing body) to 81%. The three cases illustrate the fact that even in the outdoors death from carbon monoxide inhalation can occur if an individual is in close proximity to a rich source of carbon monoxide.


    Paper ID: JFS11236J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11236J

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    Title Deaths Caused by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in an Open Environment (Outdoors)
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    Committee E30