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Corporal suffers sudden cardiac death at structure fire - Oklahoma.

Smith-DL; Hales-T
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 F2010-03, 2010 Apr; :1-11
On March 4, 2009, a 43-year-old career fire fighter (Corporal) responded to a structural fire in a two-story apartment complex. The Corporal was initially assigned to the rapid intervention team (RIT) and, after the fire was brought under control, assigned to overhaul for about 24 minutes. After loading equipment on the apparatus and while preparing to leave the fire scene, the Corporal complained of severe back pain and then collapsed. Despite advanced life support (ALS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) delivered immediately by crew members, continued by the ambulance crew, and by physicians at the hospital's emergency department (ED), the Corporal could not be revived. The death certificate completed by the pathologist from the office of the Chief Medical Examiner, listed "coronary artery disease" as the cause of death. NIOSH investigators agree with this assessment and concluded that the Corporal probably had a fatal heart attack triggered by his fire fighting duties. Key Recommendations - NIOSH offers the following recommendation to reduce the risk of heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest among fire fighters at this, and other fire departments (FD) across the country. It is unlikely, however, that the following recommendation could have prevented the Corporal's death: 1. Provide medical evaluations consistent with NFPA 1582.
Region-6; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Cardiovascular-disease; Cardiovascular-system-disease; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Physical-fitness; Medical-screening
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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