Carbon Monoxide Symptoms Caught on Tape
There’s an interesting video that has been making the rounds on the Internet that provides a first hand account of what it’s like to suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning. The backstory is that the driver (patient) is a recreational racer who is driving a mid-engine vehicle. His car has a carbon monoxide leak which is filling up the passenger compartment with the products of combustion (CO and soot among others). He has conveniently been videotaping his race. Over time, you can start to see his level of confusion increase and his coordination become delayed. He starts to exhibit rambling speech. Additionally, you can see the buildup of soot on the glass of his roof. Important to note is that for a large portion of time after he claims not to remember, he still appears conscious. Check out the video for yourself:
If you read through the comments on YouTube (something I try not to do often) you’ll see that there is a lot of criticism reserved for the response crew. While that may be a valid conversation to have I think it’s more important to focus on the driver’s presentation. Most recreational racing leagues use volunteers (some with little or no training) to work as safety staff. Many of these leagues also discourage doing damage to drivers’ vehicles (like breaking out a window). Cut them a little slack.
Have you ever run a CO poisoning call? How did the patient present? What was their outcome?