Smoke Inhalation • Orlando Hyperbarics Smoke Inhalation • Orlando Hyperbarics
24 Jul. 2014

Smoke Inhalation

Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of fire related deaths. Victims of smoke inhalation suffer from a combination of injuries from airborne particles, burns to the throat and lungs and chemical poisoning. The combustion of plastics, textiles, and other synthetic materials produces a highly toxic mix of cyanide and carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide and cyanide bind to hemoglobin in red blood cells and block their capacity to carry oxygen to cells and tissues. Inhaling even small amounts of fire smoke can be fatal. Serious and sometimes permanent neurological effects may be delayed days or weeks after acute poisoning.
There are many different symptoms of smoke inhalation, ranging from cough, shortness of breath, hoarseness, headache, to acute mental status changes. There are tests and procedures that can determine if there is smoke inhalation and its severity. Chest x-ray, pulse oximetry and blood test are the most common ways to determine smoke inhalation.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an important adjunct in the management of respiratory injuries secondary to smoke inhalation, especially when injury is complicated by inhalation of a toxic chemical such as carbon monoxide or cyanide. HBOT dissolves additional oxygen in the blood plasma and has been shown to work effectively alone and in combination with hydroxocobalamin (Cyanokit) and other cyanide antidote kits.

Orlando Hyperbarics provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in a convenient and comfortable non-hospital facility. The center, located at 6200 Lee Vista Boulevard, Suite 250, Orlando, Florida 32822, is served by SR 436 and SR 528, easily accessed from Orlando International Airport, and located near Orlando’s Medical City in Lake Nona.
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