Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Effectively Treated With Oxygen Administered Via High-flow Nasal Cannula
- Author(s): Lee, Patrick
- Salhanick, Steven D.
- et al.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is typically treated by administration of oxygen via non-rebreather mask (NRB). High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is an alternative to NRB in a variety of disease states. We report a case of the novel use of HFNC in the treatment of acute CO poisoning. A 29-year-old man presented with a carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) level of 29.8%. He was treated with HFNC, and COHb levels declined to 5.4% in 230 minutes. Given several theoretical advantages of HFNC relative to NRB, HFNC is a potential option for use in the treatment of CO poisoning.