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St. Louis Fire Department to receive a donation for carbon monoxide pulse oximeters.

August 23, 2012 | 2 min reading time
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Who:               Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, St. Louis Fire Department

                       Elizabeth Billhartz, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

                       Dan Daly, Parcel Insurance Plan (PIP)

                       Lisa Lash, Parcel Insurance Plan (PIP)


What:             The St. Louis Fire Department to Receive a Donation for

                        Carbon Monoxide Pulse Oximeters.


When:            Friday, August 24, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.


Where:            St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters

                       1421 N. Jefferson

                       St. Louis, MO 63106



Parcel Insurance Plan, a local subsidiary of Brown & Brown Insurance, has partnered with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to donate $12,279 to the St. Louis Fire Department Lifesaving Foundation to purchase the Fire Department’s first carbon monoxide pulse oximeters.


According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings associated with consumer products. Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people are unaware they are being exposed.


The carbon monoxide pulse oximetry equipment provides the St. Louis Fire Department with a noninvasive way to quickly diagnose CO poisoning, prompting first responders to initiate lifesaving treatment.


Prior to carbon monoxide pulse oximetry equipment, the only reliable method for diagnosing CO poisoning was to draw blood and send it to a laboratory for analysis.


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