AbstractThis study analyzed the emergency department (ED) visits in Missouri from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE) and the Missouri Health Strategic Architectures and Information Cooperative (MOHSAIC) database. Most ED visits for CO poisoning were among adults and whites. More poisonings occurred at the beginning and the end of the winter months. St. Louis County, St. Louis City and Jackson County had the highest numbers of CO poisoning. This study demonstrated the utility of ED data as a surveillance tool to indentify CO poisoning cases and develop prevention strategies.
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