The Plainfield Fire Protection District received a $1,000 grant from Illinois American Water to buy Cyanokits for treatment of cyanide poisoning, according to a news release.
The kits will be used to treat people exposed to cyanide through smoke inhalation. Cyanide poisoning may disable the body’s ability to use oxygen and without treatment death can result within minutes of exposure.
The cyanide antidote works by binding to cyanide making it nontoxic and allowing the body to use oxygen again.
It also can be used for poisoning by ingestion.
Cyanokits are used for quick intravenous infusion if suspicion of cyanide poisoning is high.
According to the news release, the Plainfield Fire Protection District is grateful to have received this grant from the Illinois American Water 2018 Firefighter Grant Program.