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Carbon Monoxide-Related Deaths in Greece: A 23-Year Survey.
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PMID:  22543523     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT: Carbon monoxide (CO) is the cause of more than one half of the fatal poisonings throughout the world. The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of nonfire CO-related deaths in Greece, as they were recorded at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Athens. This retrospective study concerned the toxicological records of all fatal cases of CO poisoning received by the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology during the period 1987 to 2009. The records were reviewed and compiled according to the official coroner's verdict as to the manner of poisoning (accident or suicide), as well as according to the sex and the nationality of the victims. The registered victims were 176 (131 males, 45 females). Of CO deaths, 97.2% were accidental, and 2.8% were suicides, through automobile exhaust. Among the decedents, 32 victims were immigrants (30 males, 2 females). The average annual death rate for males was nearly 3½ times higher than that for females. This increase suggests a need for preventive strategies targeting not only high-risk population, such as homeless or immigrants, but also the general population. Preventive messages in many languages through the media about potential sources of CO exposure are recommended. Precautions should also be taken during periods of low temperatures.
Maria E Stefanidou; Constantine P Maravelias; Artemis A Dona; Constantine M Pistos; Chara A Spiliopoulou; Sotirios A Athanaselis
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-404X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
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