The CorTemp® Wireless Monitoring System, featuring the CorTemp Core Body Temperature Pill, measures and records core body temperature and/or heart rate of one or more firefighters in the field or during training in a mobile environment. There are two field equipment configuration options for using the CorTemp System: manual monitoring of multiple firefighters and long range RF remote monitoring of multiple firefighters.

Prevention

•Identify rising core temperatures before they reach a dangerous level (especially useful for at-risk individuals)¹

◦2,350 firefighters suffered from thermal stress in 2010²

◦5% of firefighters died of heat stroke during training from the years 2001-2010³

◦Supervise new employees for the first 14 days for full acclimatizaiton to the heat4

Assessment

•Rely on CorTemp to alert when a firefighters’ body is too warm! Our ingestible sensor pill allows the firefighter to focus on his or her duties, while CorTemp Data Recorder personally monitors temperature.

•Differentiate between heat exhaustion and heat stroke without having to utilize rectal thermometers or probe.¹

    • Cardiovascular and thermal strain are the two greatest areas of physiological risks associated with firefighting, with sudden cardiac death being the leading cause of fatal injuries.5

 

Treatment of Heat Exhaustion

•Easier to monitor the core temperature decrease during ice water immersion (versus rectal temperatures).¹ Don’t send firefighters back in before they’re ready!

◦ In 2010, thermal stress caused6:

    • 7.2% of fire ground injuries
    • 4.7% of injuries responding to or coming from accidents
    • 1.1% non-fire emergencies
    • 5.2% training accidents

 

Body Cooling

•Assist working with timing of exit from body cooling tubs after or during shifts

•The core temperature of firefighters increase at a rate of 1.5°C to 2.5°C during 18 to 20 minutes of firefighting. The rate will increase during longer periods of firefighting.5

 

References

1.Casa, DJ and L E Armstrong. “Sports Medicine Applications of Core Temperature Monitoring on the Field: Guidelines for Use.”

2.Karter Jr., Michael J. and Joseph L. Molis. “U.S. Firefighter Injuries-2010.” NFPA (2010).

3.Fahy, Rita F. U.S. Firefighter Deaths Related to Training, 2001-10. Quincy: National Fire Protection Assocation. Fire Analysis and Research Division, 2012.

4.OSHA. “Using the Heat Index: A Guide for Employers.” (n.d.): 21.

5.Smith, Denise L. “Firefighter Fitness: Improving Performance and Preventing Injuries and Fatalities.” Current Sports Medicine Reports (2011): 167-72.

6. Karter, Michael J. “U.S. Firefighter Injuries-2010.” National Fire Protection Association. Fire Analysis and Research Division (2011).