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Heat stress and bulkiness of chemical protective clothing impair performance of medical personnel in basic lifesaving tasks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18568960     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The study examined the impact of chemical protective (CP) clothing on the performance of lifesaving tasks in thermoneutral and cold conditions. Eleven males performed pre-exercise followed by lifesaving tasks wearing either field combat uniform at 21 degrees C (U) or CP clothing at 21 degrees C (CPN) and -5 degrees C (CPC). The tasks were ventilating a doll (VA) and connecting an intravenous line (IV). Mean skin temperature was significantly higher for CPN compared to U and CPC during pre-exercise, VA and IV. Changes in blood pressure were significantly greater with CP clothing than without during VA and IV. The number of breaths per min (in VA) and time needed for IV increased by 19% (p < 0.05) and 18%, respectively, for CPN compared to U. Due to the cold, the additional increment was 5% and 17%, respectively, for CPC. Wearing of CP clothing in thermoneutral or in cold conditions may not prevent but, especially in the cold, significantly impede the performance of basic medical tasks. The findings of this study showed that performing medical tasks while wearing nuclear, biological and chemical protective clothing is impaired due to significant changes in physiological strain. This suggests that realistic training in local conditions as well as in cold conditions is needed to realise the restrictions due to protective clothing.
Sirkka Rissanen; Irma Jousela; Jeong-Rim Jeong; Hannu Rintamäki
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ergonomics     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0014-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Ergonomics     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-23     Completed Date:  2008-09-16     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373220     Medline TA:  Ergonomics     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1011-22     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Physical Work Capacity, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Aapistie 1, Oulu, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Body Temperature
Cold Temperature
Emergency Medical Services*
Heart Rate
Hot Temperature
Oxygen Consumption
Protective Clothing*
Skin Temperature
Task Performance and Analysis*

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