Treating casualties in a chemically hazardous environment constitutes a unique problem.
Physical protection of the medical personnel may impair their performance and potentially affect patients' prognoses.
The present study examined the effect of prolonged physical protection on the accomplishment of medical tasks related to trauma management.
Sixty one emergency medical technicians, acclimatized to operating in protective gear, underwent four rounds of testing during eight hours of continuously wearing either a chemical protective suit or regular fatigues.
The quality of the designated medical tasks, including sterility, was maintained throughout the study.
A significant reduction in speed of performance was noted (~30% slowing, p<0.0001 in multivariate analysis) because of protective clothing.
Mots-clés Pascal : Exposition professionnelle, Pronostic, Homme, Soin, Chimie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational exposure, Prognosis, Human, Care, Chemistry
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0165808
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 199406.