Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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I didn't pay much attention to this story when it was reported on the local news, but thinking about it carbon monoxide poisoning doesn't seem very likely...

Gas leak puts 16 people in hospital

Sixteen people -- including two paramedics -- needed hospital treatment after being overcome by fumes leaking from the basement of a Banbury bank.
Emergency services were called on Wednesday after people started vomiting and complaining of headaches in the Bridge Street area, near Barclays Bank, around midday.
Paramedics arrived, but two had to be taken to the town's Horton Hospital.
Five other people were taken to hospital at the same time. A further nine patients arrived at the hospital's emergency department throughout the day.
The hospital had prepared to activate its major incident plan in case of a serious chemical or biological outbreak, but firefighters established the fumes were likely to be carbon monoxide.
Results of blood samples taken from those affected will reveal whether the gas, which is invisible and odourless, was responsible.
Horton Hospital director Mike Fleming said: "All patients were admitted quickly, treated and most were well enough to have been sent home.
"Everything has gone extremely well and staff have responded with their usual calm, can-do attitude."
Bridge Street was cordoned off by police for almost four hours. The cause of the leak is still being investigated.
Christine Richies, spokesman for gas safety specialists Transco, said the fumes had not come from the main gas supply or a leaking pipe, but was unable to give further details.
Station officer Bob Burrell said: "The quick action of members of the public in calling the emergency services and the bravery of paramedics prevented this from being much worse than it could have turned out."
Mr Burrell said carbon monoxide could affect people up to 24 hours after exposure.
Anyone suffering from headaches should call NHS Direct on 0845 4647. No-one from Barclays was available to comment.

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Hysteria? A feel-good story to let us know that the emergency services can cope?

Jane.
 
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Hmmmm, I though Carbon Monoxide just made you very, very drowsy.....:snore:
 

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Ditto with Prospect.

I doubt that anyone who's inhaled CO would be able to vomit.
 
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haveing had CO poisoning myself i can acutately describe the symptoms...(thank god we bouth an alarm clock the day before otherwise we woudlnt have woken up)..

Dull throbbing head ache
Greyed out vision
Vomiting on exertion
Slowness of movement
Sevear fetigue
Passing out
Disability to remember things (like your name!)


its prity bad.
 

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Well I stand corrected on the vomiting. :)

I thought that CO poisoning would inhibit all muscle function.

Glad you're still with us SJ.
 
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Mana said:
Well I stand corrected on the vomiting. :)

I thought that CO poisoning would inhibit all muscle function.

Glad you're still with us SJ.

well the wife and i certainly threw up when we moved for about an hour after we got into fresh air. (blocked chimney on a boat)
 

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Exposure to CO in an enclosed place over a fairly prolonged period of time would cause those symptoms, yes... but most of the people taken to hospital in Banbury were taken ill suddenly while walking down the street!

I'm tempted to blame hysteria but middle-class English people don't do that kind of thing, certainly not in the Cotswolds ;)

Incidently, there doesn't seem to have been any follow-up to the story. No confirmation of the cause, no naming of victims.

All very odd :confused:

Jane.
 

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you can buy little carbon monoxide detectors now, they have a little circle on them that is supposed to change colour if there is a significant amount of CO present. we got ours from aldi.

[living in dodgy rented accomodation, the sort of place that actually has slugs crawling around indoors at night, we made sure we got some pretty soon after we moved in.]
 

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But the slugs could have acted like a canary in a mine... could have saved a few bob watching if the slugs dropped off the walls ;)
 

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What carbon monoxide would be doing coming out of a bank basement, I have no idea. :confused:

When we had the big ice storm a few years ago, a couple of people died from using camp stoves indoors.

Do they not panic over indoor CO in Britain? Over here, and in the US, it's a concern, particularly with gas furnaces. Mind you, my sister's CO alarm goes off every time the neighbour idles his car too long. :rolleyes:
 

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Banbury! Better bring me gas mask when I go to college next year ;)
 
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i woudl sa CO reverts quickly to CO2 in open air...but Co bonds to blood cells that usualy carry oxygen and make it unable to carry oxgen around...its ansty thing indeed...so one feels like death for hours while your body cleans up the blood.
 

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On a bus on the A30 yesterday, I noticed a lot of ambulances and police cars heading west with 'blues & twos' going. It seems this was the problem:

'Gas poisoning' at Connor Downs food plant

Seventeen people were taken to hospital in a suspected carbon monoxide poisoning incident at a food-processing plant in Cornwall.
People working in the vegetable packing area at Riviera Produce at Connor Downs began to complain of "feeling unwell" at about noon.
Two ambulance staff were among the casualties.

A fleet of ambulances took the casualties to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
Their condition was not thought to be life-threatening.

The company said the poisoning might be linked to a forklift truck at the plant.
Managing director David Simmons said tests were being carried out on the truck but the cause was not yet known.

Inhaling carbon monoxide, which is colourless and odourless, reduces the blood's ability to carry oxygen and can be fatal.
Symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and confusion.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a gas detector at the plant, which has been evacuated.

About 40 people are normally employed at Riviera Produce, which prepares and packs cabbages and cauliflowers for supermarkets across the country.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-17342122

My return journey, an hour or so later, actually went through Connor Downs, but by then the emergency services had gone.

I often find myself on the fringe of something newsworthy, but it doesn't always seem to reach the media. For example, a few weeks back I spotted a burnt out van and a car sitting next to each other on the side of Hayle Harbour, but I never found any mention of the incident on the 'net.
 

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Here's real good-news story -
(Safe link to reputable Lincolnshire Live website)

Family's lives saved after gas engineer's shock discovery that house was flooded with carbon monoxide

A householder reported their CO alarm going off. The gas engineer Mo Dawood checked their home then went next door.
He knocked but nobody answered because they were all being gassed.
Mr Dawood poked his gas detection reader through the letterbox and found the reading dangerously high.

He said: “No-one was answering so I gave the door a real bang and a lady (Ms Savory) eventually came to the door.

“I could see straight away she had big red circles around her eyes, so I ordered her and everyone in the house to get out as quickly as possible.

“The dad (Mr Tonks) came to the door but didn’t look right. He said he’d been in bed because he had been out on a rugby do the night before and had had a few beers. He started wobbling and collapsed.”

The family were rushed to Coventry’s University Hospital, where they were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

This happened a couple of years ago but is back in the news because it's nearly Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.
 

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Goodness, they were lucky.

I had a wood burner and some years ago it was smelly.

I had a headache and felt woozy.

I wanted to go back to bed, but remembered I was expected for dinner and so hauled myself out.

I felt better five minutes into my walk.

Its a good thing I didnt go back to bed....
 

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This is a timely reminder for me to check my CO alarm. Yes, in my new cottage i have proper alarms for everything!

Mind you, the smoke alarm goes off if I boil water, but you can't have everything.
 

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When my Mum and Dad got married, they had their honeymoon in an old hotel.
They both woke up feeling ill and my Dad had the presence of mind to check the gas fire in the bedroom. He decided that it was pumping out carbon monoxide and he marched off to demand another room. So they stayed in another room that night.

So I might not have been born if my parents had croaked there and then!

My Dad was always zealous about using carbon monoxide alarms and instilled that into me.
 
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