CO poisoning deaths: facts & figures

CO poisoning deaths in Minnesota:

Death is the most severe outcome of carbon monoxide poisoning. Deaths that result from unintentional CO poisoning are almost entirely preventable.


CO poisoning deaths annual number and rates

Source: MN Hospital Association. CO poisonings are unintentional, non-fire-related.

The CO poisoning deaths are rare and vary over time, with some increases and some decreases. The number and rate of CO deaths are likely related to the severity of the winter. During cold winters, people use heating devices more often, increasing the risk of CO poisoning.


Rates of CO poisoning deaths by age

Source: MN Hospital Association. CO poisonings are unintentional, non-fire-related. 2011-2015

From 2011 to 2015, rates of CO poisoning deaths were highest among adults age 65 and older. The rate of CO poisoning death increases with age.


Rates of CO poisoning deaths by sex

Age-adjusted rate of CO poisoning deaths per 100,000 people. 2011-2015.
Source: MN Hospital Association. CO poisonings are unintentional, non-fire-related. 2011-2015

From 2011 to 2015, the rate of CO poisoning death is overwhelmingly higher in males than females.