The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has awarded £1 million in research grants for a range of activities relating to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning since 2013.
The Trust, which was set up in 2005, has in recent years refocussed its strategy on funding research and data collection, which will provide the underpinning empirical evidence that supports improved awareness and understanding.
Projects commissioned include studies involving the Fire and Rescue Services, Paramedics, Coroners, Midwives and GPs as well as looking at the effect of environmental measures on CO poisoning and understanding the physical and biochemical characteristics of CO.
Most recently the Trust confirmed that it has agreed to continue to fund a survey being under taken by the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) which will help to gauge healthcare professionals’ awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, following a pilot project. The Trust is also to fund a piece of research carried out by the University of Hertfordshire, which will look at accidental CO exposure among pregnant women and their foetuses.
GST Chair, Chris Bielby said: “I am delighted by the inroads we have made in commissioning research focused on underpinning empirical evidence that will allow us to make sound judgement decisions on how to improve awareness and understanding of carbon monoxide.”
The Trust has created an online carbon monoxide (CO) portal, which is the central repository for data and information relating to CO in the UK. To find out more visit: www.coportal.org.