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Cyanide compounds in fire gas toxicity and the role of hydroxycobalamin

  • C. Fuilla
  • P. Ménage
  • M. Imbert
  • H. Julien
  • F. Baud

Abstract

In France each year firemen are called out some 250 000 times to extinguish fires. On about one occasion in three the fire is in a residential building. Every year about 400 lives are lost and more than 4000 casualties need hospital treatment. The death rate in Paris due to fires is 1.35 per 100 000 inhabitants per year. These deaths have three causes: burns, trauma and intoxication. The last category is responsible for more than half the deaths and this proportion, already reported by Kimmerie and corroborated by research conducted at the University of Stanford and by Japanese studies, was also found in our studies in Paris.

Keywords

Combustion Chamber Residential Building Toxic Agent Severe Fire Anoxic Effect 
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Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Fuilla
    • 1
  • P. Ménage
    • 1
  • M. Imbert
    • 1
  • H. Julien
    • 1
  • F. Baud
    • 2
  1. 1.Service Médical d’Urgence de la Brigade de Sapeurs Pompiers de ParisFrance
  2. 2.Service de Réanimation ToxicologiqueHôpital Fernand WidalParisFrance

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