27 March 2024



The CO Research Trust March lecture was presented by Madeline Moberg, a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

Madeline is responsible for producing fatal and non-fatal estimates of carbon monoxide poisoning for the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD). She is also the GBD modeler for a number of other injury-related topics, including transport and road injuries, drowning, and self-harm.

In a study published last October, it was estimated that there were nearly 29,000 deaths due to unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning around the world in the year 2021.

Deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning are often preventable, and it is necessary to know where they are occurring and to whom in order to target prevention and reduce mortality.

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) allows us to estimate global patterns of mortality over the previous two decades, identifying populations at greatest risk of death.

Madeline's presentation shared the results of the GBD study, highlighting geospatial patterns, trends over time, and disparities by age and sex for unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning deaths. There was also a focus on the input data sources used for this analysis, and how the types of data used in the GBD for unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning mortality as well as a discussion of the challenges and limitations surrounding the data and estimates.

The presentation also explored thoughts on future directions for methods of estimating carbon monoxide poisoning in the GBD.

For those that joined the presentation and would like to learn more about the GBD Collaborator Network you can do so here

A full recording of the presentation can be viewed below: