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Fire fighter dies after assisting an injured person - Ohio.

Baldwin TN; Smith D
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE F2001-19, 2001 Oct; :1-10
On February 19, 2000, a 55-year-old male "paid/call" Fire Fighter was assisting ambulance crew members in preparing an injured person for ambulance transport. After leaving the scene, the Fire Fighter drove approximately 1 mile to his home. As he entered his driveway, he had an unwitnessed collapse. Approximately 40 minutes later, despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) administered on the scene and at the hospital, the victim died. The autopsy revealed severe coronary artery disease (CAD) and a recent thrombus (blood clot). The death certificate listed "severe occlusive coronary artery disease" as the immediate cause of death. The following recommendations address some general health and safety issues. This list includes some preventive measures that have been recommended by other agencies to reduce the risk of on-the-job heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest among fire fighters. These selected recommendations have not been evaluated by NIOSH but represent published research or consensus votes of technical committees of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or labor/management groups within the fire service; 1) Provide mandatory annual medical evaluations to ALL fire fighters to determine their medical ability to perform duties without presenting a significant risk to the safety and health of themselves or others; 2) Phase in a mandatory wellness/fitness program for fire fighters to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and improve cardiovascular capacity; 3) Provide fire fighters with medical evaluations and clearance to wear self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA); 4) Ensure public safety telecommunicators (dispatchers) are properly trained to provide all necessary information to emergency response agencies.
Region-5; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Medical-examinations; Medical-monitoring; Medical-screening; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Cardiovascular-disease; Cardiovascular-system-disease; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Rescue-workers; Physical-examination; Physical-fitness; Physical-stress
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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