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A fire fighter dies as a result of a cardiac arrest during a trench rescue - Georgia.

Authors
Sexson-K
Source
NIOSH 2000 Mar; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20000400
Abstract
On May 14, 1999, a 47-year-old male fire fighter collapsed while assisting with command at a trench rescue. After being on scene for approximately 60 minutes, the fire fighter collapsed. Despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced life support (ALS) administered by crew members, ambulance service personnel, and in the hospital's emergency department, the victim died. The death certificate, completed by the victim's personal physician, listed "acute myocardial infarction" (MI), commonly known as a heart attack, as the immediate cause of death. Pertinent autopsy results included the presence of a thrombosis (blood clot) in one of his coronary arteries, coronary atherosclerosis (plaque), and fibrosis consistent with remote (old) heart attacks (MIs). Other agencies have proposed a three-pronged strategy for reducing the risk of on-duty heart attacks and cardiac arrests among fire fighters. This strategy consists of (1) minimizing physical stress on fire fighters; (2) screening to identify and subsequently rehabilitate individuals at higher risk; and (3) encouraging increased individual physical capacity. Issues relevant to this Fire Department include the following: Fire fighters should have annual medical evaluations to determine their medical ability to perform duties without presenting a significant risk to the safety and health of themselves or others. Phase in a mandatory wellness/fitness program for fire fighters to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and improve cardiovascular capacity.
Keywords
Fire-fighters; Physical-fitness; Fitness-testing; Cardiovascular-disease; Fire-fighter-training; Physical-evaluations; Region-4; Emergency-responders
Publication Date
20000320
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2000-105128
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-99-F49
NIOSH Division
DSR; DSHEFS
Priority Area
Cardiovascular-diseases
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
GA; OH; WV
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