Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Tracking cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from Hurricane Katrina

Forwarded by Don Chandler, UHMS re carbon monoxide

From: Neil Hampson [mailto:Neil.Hampson@vmmc.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 4:55 PM
To: Lisa Wasdin
Cc: Don Chandler
Subject: CO Poisoning and Katrina

Please forward to UHMS membership:

Attention UHMS Members in the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana,
Mississippi, or Texas,

I am writing to request your assistance in tracking cases of carbon
monoxide (CO) poisoning related to Hurricane Katrina. I have been asked
by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help them identify cases of
CO poisoning treated with hyperbaric oxygen in your five state region.
The CDC is attempting to identify trends in location and source of
exposure so that they might intervene to prevent poisonings.

Please write back to me with the name and location of your hyperbaric
facility, operational status, and whether you treat CO-poisoned
patients. I will follow-up with those who are operational and
willing/able to treat CO poisoning.

Thank you for your help in this important matter. Your assistance has
the potential to help save lives.

Neil B. Hampson, MD
Medical Director
Virginia Mason Center for Hyperbaric Medicine

Immediate-Past President
UHMS