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Cyanide Poisoning Signs and Training

Cyanide exists in many products and the incomplete combustion of certain items such as wood, paper, plastic, and synthetics makes it a very real, potential hazard to those who fight fires. All emergency responders should recognize safety hazards and minimize the risks associated with cyanide poisoning. Signs and symptoms of cyanide poisoning include:

  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Behavior changes
  • Sleepiness
  • Coma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures

    A CECBEMS approved CE lesson from RapidCE will teach you to identify signs and symptoms of cyanide exposure, antidote administration, and supportive treatments.

    Also visit the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition to learn more about risks from cyanide poisoning.

  • By Greg Friese

    Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

    Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.