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• The importance of Concentration of Monoxide • Testing the Concentration • Sources of Carbon Monoxide • Vehicle Exhaust Gas as a Source of CO • Making Carbon Monoxide • The COGen Generator • Charcoal burning as a Source of CO • The Destiny Euthanasia Machine • The RP Test for Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is one of the most lethal gases known. Its toxicity is due to its ability to strongly bind with haemoglobin which greatly reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of a person’s blood. Areas of the brain sensitive to ischaemia (low oxygen level) are affected severely and a rapid, peaceful death is the common result. The gas is particularly dangerous, as it is a colourless, odourless and a non-irritating gas. Without specialized monitoring equipment, there is no way of knowing that carbon monoxide is present.
Death by poisoning from carbon monoxide can be reliable, quick and peaceful, provided the concentration of the inhaled gas is sufficiently high. In the 1990s, Dr Jack Kevorkian helped more than 50 seriously ill people to end their lives peacefully, using carbon monoxide. Those present at these deaths described the effectiveness and peacefulness of the approach.