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Calls from fire departments about the Cyanokit occur weekly and the leading question is: Do you know how many departments are deploying Hydroxocobalamin/Ctyanokit? The answer is simply: no – we don’t know. Knowing which departments are utilizing the antidote would be extremely helpful to other departments waging a war to secure the drug and [...]Read more ›
PATHOLOGY & TOXICOLOGYBelow are resources and publications specific to the pathology and toxicology subject. To view member-only content, please visit our Become a Member section to learn more about joining the Fire Smoke Coalition.
Carbon Monoxide and Cyanide Poisoning in Fire Related Deaths in Victoria, Australia
Objective: This study was undertaken to examine the association of hydrogen cyanide and carboxyhaemoglobin in victims of fire related deaths in Australia. The secondary aim was to document demographic data about Australian fire related deaths. Methods: An observational retrospective study was undertaken of autopsy reports from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Reports of fire [...]Read more ›
To Hell and Back: Cyanide Poisoning Video
The “To Hell and Back: Cyanide Poisoning Video” focusing on training firefighters on the dangers of cyanide poisoning.Read more ›
Smoke: Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide: The Toxic Twins of Smoke Inhalation
There is little question that the modern fire smoke environment presents hazards to today’s firefighters not endured by their colleagues of just a few decades ago. Part of the reason for this change is the fact that over the last two decades, the construction and design industry has moved away from the use of wood and natural [...]Read more ›
International Study of the Sublethal Effects of Fire Smoke on Survivability and Health
Fire smoke toxicity has been a recurring theme for fire safety professionals for over four decades. This is because all combustible construction and furnishing products can produce harmful smoke, most U.S. fire victims succumb to smoke inhalation, and the problem of how to address smoke toxicity in standards and codes has not yet been “solved.” [...]Read more ›