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Multiple Patients with Carbon Monoxide Toxicity from Water-Pipe Smoking

  • Simon F.J. Clarke (a1) (a2), Caroline Stephens (a3), Maisse Farhan (a3), Patricia Ward (a3), Catherine Keshishian (a2), Virginia Murray (a2) and Dominik Zenner (a4)
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  • Published online: 19 September 2012

This case report describes carbon monoxide toxicity from prolonged shisha (water-pipe) smoking. The evidence base for the source and pathway of toxicity is discussed. This practice has been increasing in the UK in recent years, and emergency physicians need to be aware of the high levels of CO, with the consequent risk of clinical poisoning from water-pipe smoking.

ClarkeSFJ, StephensC, FarhanM, WardP, KeshishianC, MurrayV, ZennerD. Multiple Patients with Carbon Monoxide Toxicity from Water-Pipe Smoking. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2012;27(6):1-3.

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Correspondence: Simon Clarke, DA, FRCS, FCEM Emergency Department, Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 7UJ United Kingdom E-mail
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SFJ Clarke , C Stephens , M Farhan , P Ward , C Keshishian , V Murray , D Zenner . Multiple patients with carbon monoxide toxicity from water-pipe smoking. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2012;27(6):1-3.

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