|Document ID (ISN)||58110|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Rothman N., Ford D.P., Baser M.E., Hansen J.A., O'Toole T., Tockman M.S., Strickland P.T.
||Pulmonary function and respiratory symptoms in wildland firefighters
||Nov. 1991, Vol.33, No.11, p.1163-1167. 21 ref.
||Cross-seasonal changes in pulmonary function and respiratory symptoms in 52 wildland firefighters were studied. The mean cross-seasonal change in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) was -1.2% with a corresponding mean change in forced vital capacity (FVC) of -0.3%. Decreases in FEV1 and FVC were most strongly associated with hours of recent fire fighting activity (p=.002 and .01, respectively). When the study group was divided into 3 categories based on recent fire fighting activity, firefighters in the high activity category (>20 hours in a week) had a -2.9% (130mL) change in FEV1 and a -1.9% (102mL) change in FVC. There was a significant cross-seasonal increase in most respiratory symptoms evaluated. Several symptoms (eye and nose irritation, and wheezing) were associated with recent fire fighting. These findings suggest that wildland firefighters experience a small cross-seasonal decline in pulmonary function and an increase in several respiratory symptoms.
||fire fighting; symptoms; respiratory impairment; ventilatory capacity; pulmonary function
||seasonal variation; USA; California; one-second forced expiratory volume; irritation; maximal expiratory flow; eye irritation
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Fires, explosions and major hazards
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)