Carbon Monoxide Surveillance
Surveillance is the study of the distribution and occurrence of a disease in a population over time, often done in order to learn more about preventing future cases. Because of its frequency, severity, and preventability—as well as the effectiveness of simple preventive measures such as the installation of a carbon monoxide alarm, carbon monoxide poisoning is a critical health issue for public health surveillance.
Accordingly, the National Workgroup on Carbon Monoxide Surveillance prepared a document outlining the importance of public health surveillance of carbon monoxide poisoning entitled Carbon Monoxide: A Model Environmental Public Health Indicator [PDF - 65 KB].
Recommendations on Surveillance
Graber JM, Smith AE. (2007) “Results from a state-based surveillance system for carbon monoxide poisoning.” Public Health Reports. 122(2):145-54.