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Document ID (ISN)57409
CIS number 92-199
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Cobb N., Etzel R.A.
Title Unintentional carbon monoxide-related deaths in the United States, 1979 through 1988
Bibliographic information 7 Aug. 1991, Vol.266, No.5, p.659-663. Illus. 19 ref.
Abstract A review of data from 56,133 death certificates implicating carbon monoxide as a contributing cause of death showed 11,547 deaths classified as unintentional between 1979 and 1988. The number of unintentional deaths decreased steadily from 1,513 in 1979 to 878 in 1988. Motor vehicle exhaust gas caused 57% of the unintentional deaths, 83% of which were associated with stationary vehicles. It is concluded that the decrease in the rate of unintentional death from carbon monoxide poisoning may be attributable to improvements in automobile pollution control systems and improved safety of cooking and heating appliances. Prevention programmes should target young drivers, males and the elderly.
Descriptors (primary) poisoning; fatalities; carbon monoxide; USA
Descriptors (secondary) heating equipment; statistics; exhaust gases; road vehicles
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Carbon monoxide
Inorganic substances