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Partnering with a medical specialty society to perform online public health surveillance.

Abstract

While accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is common, it is felt to be largely preventable through targeted public education. Development of effective education programs requires accurate epidemiologic information about the condition. Many acute, severe cases of CO poisoning are treated with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) at hospital-based facilities staffed by members of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began sponsoring a UHMS proposal to use online reporting by UHMS members of cases treated with HBO2. This report describes development and implementation of the internet-based surveillance system, as well as its first year of operation. From August 2008 to July 2009, a total of 740 cases were reported by the 82 hyperbaric facilities participating nationwide. Extensive epidemiologic information about CO poisoning in the United States has been collected, and the utility of partnering with a medical specialty society for disease-specific surveillance demonstrated.

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  • Authors

    Hampson NB, Bell J, Clower JH, Dunn SL, Weaver LK

    Source

    Undersea & hyperbaric medicine : journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc 39:2 pg 647-55

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Age Distribution
    Aged
    Aged, 80 and over
    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
    Child
    Child, Preschool
    Databases, Factual
    Female
    Hospitals, Special
    Humans
    Hyperbaric Oxygenation
    Infant
    Internet
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Population Surveillance
    Program Evaluation
    Sex Distribution
    Societies, Medical
    United States
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22530448