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Surveillance of Work-Related and Environmental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Michigan


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has been developing core environmental health indicators as a starting point in tracking the occurrence of environmental hazards, exposures, and adverse health outcomes. One of these core indicators includes carbon monoxide poisoning where the data sources for this indicator are the number of deaths where carbon monoxide is the cause of death and the number of hospitalizations and emergency department visits attributed to carbon monoxide exposure.

In Michigan, surveillance for carbon monoxide poisoning began in 2008.  The two main sources of reports of carbon monoxide  are the Michigan Poison Control Center and Hospital Discharge Reports. A recent Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regulation requires laboratories to report carboxyhemoglobin results. 



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