CDU – Smoke Inhalation


For those who need a period of observation post smoke inhalation, but do not require admission.

Specific admission criteria

  • Smoke inhalation(within 12 hours)
  • CO level under 15% – Are you CO aware?
  • PaO2 over 8kPa
  • NO airway compromise
  • NO Chest pain
  • NO Pulmonary oedema
  • No Significant illness OR injury

Tasks to complete during admission

Discharge Criteria

  • Full recovery
  • Over 12 hrs since exposure
  • Social circumstances – Safe for discharge
  • Actions explained to patient
  • Return advice given
  • Letter to GP

Hospital Admission Criteria

  • Deterioration (Must have review by ED team)
  • Social circumstances – NOT safe for discharge

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