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Cyanide Poisoning: Video on Cyanokit Use

Cyanide poisoning is a high risk to victims and emergency responders to fire incidents. Hydrogen cyanide, as well as other toxins, are released as byproducts of combustion in smoke. Cyanide causes asphyxiation by displacing oxygen.

The Cyanokit is a product approved for use in the United States for paramedic administration to known or suspected cyanide poisoning victims. Rick Russoti, author of the Mitigation Journal, recently brought this video about the Cyanokit to my attention. To learn more about the Cyanokit watch this short video and visit the Cyanokit website.

Visit Cyanokit website to learn more about indications and administration.

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.