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Document ID (ISN)75427
CIS number 00-1421
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Prezant D.J., Freeman K., Kelly K.J., Malley K.S., Karwa M.L., McLaughlin M.T., Hirschhorn R., Brown A.
Title Impact of a design modification in modern firefighting uniforms on burn prevention outcomes in New York City firefighters
Bibliographic information Aug. 2000, Vol.42, No.8, p.827-834. Illus. 19 ref.
Abstract To determine the influence of firefighting uniforms on the incidence and severity of thermal burn injuries affecting firefighters, data were collected for the entire New York City fire fighting force wearing the traditional uniform (protective over-coat), the modern uniform (protective over-coat and over-pant) and the modified modem uniform (short sleeved shirt and short pants, worn under firefighters protective over-clothes). With the change from traditional to modern uniforms, the distribution of burns per fire decreased significantly, and days lost to medical leave for upper or lower extremity burns decreased by 89%. Burn incidence and severity were not significantly affected by the change to the modified modern uniform. The distribution of heat exhaustion or cardiac events per fire was not significantly affected by the change from the traditional to modern uniform, but heat exhaustion was decreased by the change to the modified modern uniform.
Descriptors (primary) protective clothing; thermal burns; fire services
Descriptors (secondary) USA; comparative study; heat exhaustion; New York
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Protective clothing