Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a serious and preventable form of poisoning. Each year there are about 25 deaths from accidental CO poisoning in England and Wales and in excess of 200 non-fatal cases that require hospitalisation. Data on mortality from CO poisoning (deaths registered in 2016-2017 in England and Wales) is available at the following link:
Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with the Department and other Government departments to raise awareness of the health impacts of air pollution generally and CO specifically, and to improve the dissemination of evidence.
PHE’s programme of CO work seeks to increase understanding of the prevalence of low level CO exposure, improve CO exposure diagnosis and prevent CO exposure occurring.
PHE works with national and local stakeholders, public health partners and government departments to develop advice and actions, which can be taken to prevent accidental exposure to CO in homes, available to view at the following link:
PHE published a tool for general practitioners, emergency physicians and other medical professionals in England to diagnose and manage CO poisoning in patients. This document can be viewed at the following link: