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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Veterans Health Administration, 2010 - 2016


It is estimated that in the United States (US), unintentional non-fire related CO poisoning causes an average of 439 deaths annually, and in 2007 confirmed CO poisoning cases resulted in 21,304 ED visits and 2,302 hospitalizations (71 per million and 8 per million population, respectively)1 . Despite the significant risk of morbidity and mortality associated with CO poisoning, existing surveillance systems in the United States are limited. This study is the first to focus specifically on CO poisoning trends within the VHA population.


To describe characteristics of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients with ICD 9/10 CM inpatient discharge and/or emergency department (ED)/urgent care outpatient encounter codes for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.


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