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The March 2021 edition of Clinical Communiqué highlights unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning and the risks in misdiagnosis when presented in emergency departments. Toxic gas exposure can lead to vague symptoms and signs that are often attributed to common diseases, making it difficult to diagnose. The case studies remind clinicians to consider toxic gas poisoning especially when analysing the patient’s exposed environment, where other people or pets have also fallen ill. As we approach cooler months, a reminder via public health messages and warnings about gas appliances and increased gas exposure is also explored. The edition closes with pitfalls and recommendations for clinicians to consider in improving the diagnosis process and treatment decisions.   

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