McEvoy’s Philosophy: Creation of 1584 (2008 version) –Prescriptive –Evidence basis Real world rehab –Historical perspective (baggage) » Who needs it?
McEvoy’s Philosophy: Creation of 1584 (2008 version) –Prescriptive –Evidence basis Real world rehab –Historical perspective (baggage) » Who needs it? » Effect on manpower / personnel scene
McEvoy’s Philosophy: Creation of 1584 (2008 version) –Prescriptive –Evidence basis Real world rehab –Historical perspective (baggage) » Who needs it » Effect on manpower / personnel scene –Firefighters = adults = performance athletes
NFPA Rehab Standard Comment period open through 11/15/2013
But we’re adults… Firefighters should know as much as professional athletes about rest, hydration, and endurance.
But we’re adults… Firefighters should know as much as professional athletes about rest, hydration, and endurance. Education on proper hydration, nutrition and diet
Firefighting Greatest short surge physiologic demands of any profession. 10% firefighter time spent on fireground 50% of deaths & 66% of injuries occur on scene.
What is Rehab? “Restore condition of good health” Mitigate effects of physical & emotional stress of firefighting: –Sustain or restore work capacity –Improve performance –Decrease injuries –Prevent deaths
Firefighter Rehab – NFPA 1584 National Fire Protection Association 1584 “Standard on the Rehabilitation Process for Members During Emergency Operations and Training Exercises” Originally issued in as recommendation in 2003, became a Standard in 2008, revision due for release in Every department responsible to develop and implement rehab SOGs
Elements of Compliance SOGs outline how rehab will be provided at incidents and training exercises (where FF expected to work 1 hour or more) Minimum BLS level equipment on scene (= ambulance equipment) Integrated into IMS
Elements of Compliance SOGs outline how rehab will be provided at incidents and training exercises (where FF expected to work 1 hour or more) Commence whenever potential safety or health risk to members or risk exceeds safe level of physical or mental endurance.
NFPA 1584: 2015 Revisions Roles and Responsibilities delineated: IC CO Rehab Manager Members (FF)
NFPA 1584: 2015 Revisions Incident Commander: Establish rehab Assure staffing & supplies Rotate members Mental health services available to all members If crew member seriously injured or killed, remove all crew members as soon as possible
NFPA 1584: 2015 Revisions Company Officer: Awareness of FF physical/mental condition Assure hydration Assess his/her company every 45 min Wildland: evaluate heat stress conditions
NFPA 1584: 2015 Revisions Member: Use rehab Hydrate Advise CO when performance affected Awareness of others
NFPA 1584: 2015 Revisions Science Updates: De-emphasis on sports drinks Caffeine permitted up to 400 mg/day Energy drinks banned Passive cooling before active Medical monitoring parameters are a local decision
Hydration and Prehydration Firefighters are often dehydrated Prehydrate for planned activities: –500 ml fluid within 2 hours prior to event Hydrate during events: –Water appropriate most of the time –Sports drinks after first hour of intense work or 3 hours total incident duration Best to consume small amounts ( ml) very frequently - Typical gastric emptying time limits fluid intake to no more than 1 liter per hour.
Hydration and Prehydration Firefighters are often dehydrated Prehydrate for planned activities: –500 ml fluid within 2 hours prior to event Hydrate during events: –Fluids: consume regardless of thirst, continue post incident –Sports drinks offered, consumed at FF discretion –Goal of completely replacing sweat loss deleted Best to consume small amounts ( ml) very frequently
Sports Drinks Usually contain electrolytes and carbohydrates Osmolarity (concentration) formulated for maximal absorption Absorption limited by gastric emptying time (COH) Dilution will extend gastric emptying time and lead to nausea / vomiting
Sports Drink Investigation BMJ investigative report –1035 web pages (listed in magazine ads), 431 performance-enhancing claims on 104 different products –47.2% had references, none referred to systematic reviews (level 1 evidence) –84% judged at high risk of bias –Only 3 (of 74) studies judged to be high quality and low risk of bias Heneghan C, Howick J, O’Neill B, Gill PJ, et al. The evidence underpinning sports performance products: a systematic assessment. BMJ Open 2012; 2:e doi: /bmjopen
Sports Drink Investigation Conclusions: The current evidence is not of sufficient quality to inform the public about the benefits and harms of sports products. There is a need to improve the quality and reporting of research, a move towards using systematic review evidence to inform decisions.
Energy Drinks Definition: “A type of beverage containing stimulant drugs (caffeine, and other ingredients such as taurine, ginsign, guarana) that is marketed as providing mental or physical stimulation.” Not to be confused with Sports Drinks
NFPA Overview 1.Ongoing education on when & how to rehab. 2.Provide supplies, shelter, equipment, and medical expertise to firefighters where and when needed. 3.Create a safety net for members unwilling or unable to recognize when fatigued.
Who’s Responsible for What? Department: develop and implement SOGs Company Officer: –Assess his/her crew every 45 minutes –Suggested after 2 nd 30-min SCBA bottle –Or single 45- or 60-min bottle –Or after 40 min intense work without SCBA Company Officers can adjust time frames to suit work or environmental conditions
What about informal rehab? Was acceptable previously, now encouraged, particularly 1 st round Company or crew level rehab: –SCBA cylinder changes –Work transitions (firefighting to overhaul) –Small or routine incidents –When IC fails to recognize need for rehab
Informal Rehab Requirements: 1. Fluids 2. Shelter 3. Place to remove PPE 4. Seating for members
Nine Key Components of Rehab 1.Relief from climatic conditions 2.Rest and recovery 3.Cooling or rewarming 4.Re-hydration 5.Calorie and electrolyte replacement 6.Medical Monitoring 7.EMS tx according to local protocols 8.Member accountability 9.Release
1. Relief from Climatic Conditions An area free from smoke and sheltered from extreme heat or cold is provided
1. Relief from Climatic Conditions Rehab unit or air conditioned vehicle/room Portable heaters, enclosed unit Removed, but not too far from incident Vestibule area for removal and storage of PPE
2. Rest and Recovery Members afforded ability to rest for at least 10 minutes or as long as needed to recover work capacity
2. Rest and Recovery If not rested, rest for 10 more minutes. Rest 20 min. on second rehab
3. Cooling or Rewarming Better definition 1.Shaded or air conditioned area 2.Remove PPE –Gloves, helmet, hood, coat, open bunker pants (pull down to knees when seated) 3.Cool fluids 4.Rest
3. Cooling or Rewarming Passive cooling initially Active cooling when passive ineffective or member exhibits heat related illness
Active Cooling: Cold Drinks Cold Drinks –Serves dual purpose of hydration and cooling Ability to cool may be limited on scene –Drinks usually stored warm - must be cooled or only benefit is hydration
Cold Towel – 3 Bucket System Bucket 1: sanitizing solution –¼ cup bleach/gallon Bucket 2: rinse –Clear water removes any left over bleach Bucket 3: regeneration –Ice water restores cooling effect
4. Re-hydration Potable fluids to satisfy thirst on scene Guidelines on beverages revised to allow caffeine up to 400 mg per day and prohibit energy drinks
4. Re-hydration The truth about caffeine: Increases urine output Does not usually dehydrate (compensatory decline) Consumption < 400 mg appears safe for firefighters Reference: EFO paper Stephen Abbott: Assessing the effect of energy drinks on firefighter health and safety
4. Re-hydration Fluid losses will often exceed gastric emptying limitations No reliable method of assessing hydration status on scene –Weights –Urine specific gravity –? Saliva testing
4. Re-hydration Encourage continued hydration post-incident
5. Calorie and electrolyte replacement Rather than time (3+ hour event), now consider duration, exertion, time of last meal and individual conditions. Whenever food is available, means to wash hands and faces must also be provided.
Food Fruits, meal replacement bars, carbohydrate drinks (15 gm COH) grams carbohydrate per hour High fat foods inappropriate
Medical Monitoring vs. Emergency Care Medical monitoring: observing members for adverse health effects (physical stress, heat or cold exposure, environmental hazards) Emergency Care: treatment for members with adverse effects or injury.
6. Medical Monitoring in Rehab
Specifies minimum 6 conditions be screened: 1.CP, dizzy, SOB, weakness, nausea, h/a 2.General c/o (cramps, aches, pains…) 3.Sx heat or cold-related stress 4.Changes in gait, speech, behavior 5.Alertness and orientation x 3 6.Any VS considered abnormal locally
6. Medical Monitoring in Rehab Local (FD) medical monitoring protocols: 1.Immediate EMS treatment and transport 2.Close monitoring in rehab area 3.Release
6. Medical Monitoring in Rehab Vital signs now required: (For all members entering rehab) –Temperature –Heart rate –Respiratory rate –Blood pressure –Oxygen saturation Members exposed to fire smoke shall be assessed for CO poisoning
Vital Sign Parameters NFPA 1584 Annex includes suggested vital sign parameters Each department must: –Set vital sign parameters –Specify if and when reassessment of vital signs should occur
Vital Signs Many departments do not measure No evidence or published studies: –Determine when treatment necessary –Predict type or duration of rehab needed Vitals may help set parameters for monitoring, treatment, transport, release Must be evaluated in context
Temperature Core temp most accurate –NL = ° F ( ° C) –Best measured rectally or temp transmitter Oral or tympanic used in field –Oral 1 ° F (0.55 ° C), tympanic 2 ° F (1.1 ° C) less Errors common in measuring firefighters –Oral falsely low from rapid resps or fluid consumption –Tympanic less accurate with significant environmental influences (hot/cold)
Pulse NL = 60-80, many influences. Very important to interpret in context of individual. Recovery rate may be more significant than actual heart rate. If > 100 after 20 min rest, further eval needed before release Pulse ox offers accurate measure
Respiratory Rate NL = 12 – 20, should with fever and exercise Should return to normal with rest
Blood Pressure Most measured Least understood Very contextual Tremendous potential for error
Blood Pressure Sources of error: 1.Cuff size 2.Arm placement 3.NIBP Potential for cross contamination: -Need to decon between each use
Blood Pressure NFPA suggests members with SBP > 160 or DBP > 100 not be released from rehab. Mike McEvoy editorial commentary: Several studies have suggested hypotension (SBP < 80) may be of far greater concern than high blood pressure during rehab.
Pulse Oximetry Non-invasive measurement of oxygen and blood flow NL = % Most oximeters cannot differentiate oxyhemoglobin from carboxyhemoglobin Members with SpO 2 < 92% should not be released from rehab
CO Assessment Carbon monoxide is present at all fires and a leading cause of death CO monitoring during rehab has become standard of care Exhaled CO meter or pulse CO- Oximeter are two detection devices
Smoke Characterization Study
Smoke Characterization Study Carbon Monoxide
Live Fire Study Chicago Fire Dept. – February through May, 2009 Rescue Squad Company No fires (40 residential and 4 commercial) Measurements during all phases of fire through overhaul: –Air monitoring (direct air monitoring and personal monitors) –Measurement of smoke particle sizes and content –Gloves and hoods sent to lab for analysis
Peak Gas Concentrations at Fires GasNIOSH – IDLH (ppm) Max (ppm)Mean (ppm) HCN NH SO *31.0* NO H2SH2S CO *774* * sensor limited values – true values would be higher
Total Gas Concentrations at Fires GasNIOSH - STEL (ppm) TWA (ppm)Mean (ppm) HCN4.710 b 27.4 NH SO * NO 2 15b5b 0.9 H2SH2S10 a CO200 a 355,313* a 10 minute exposure limits b OSHA limit (in general, NIOSH limits are more conservative) * sensor limited values – true values would be higher X number fires = your exposure
Firefighter Health: the Obvious
New Fire Ground CO Study Sacramento Fire: September 2010 through June 2011 Baseline SpCO at start of each shift for every firefighter Remeasured at conclusion of overhaul, apparatus position noted 48 fires with 201 paired measurements –Baseline % –Following overhaul % 10 occurrences of SpCO > 5% after overhaul Mackey K, Filbrun T, Schatz D, Hostler D, Ogan L. Do carbon monoxide levels rise in firefighters during overhaul operations following a structure fire? [Abstract]. Prehosp Emerg Care 2012; 16: No difference p =
IAFF Statement January 2008 Routine testing of any firefighter potentially exposed to CO using a CO- oximeter
Cyanide Consider at all fire scenes All patients in cardiac arrest Any patient in shock, especially if low CO level Treat with cyanide antidote kit
Paris Fire Brigade ROSC = 50%
7. EMS Tx according to local protocol Documentation changes Rehab log minimum: 1.Unit # 2.Member name 3.Time in and out 4.Disposition When EMS Tx given, defer to HIPAA and local laws, rules, regs
NFPA Sample Rehab Log
8. Member Accountability Track members assigned to rehab IC must know whereabouts (i.e.: when they enter rehab and when they leave)
9. Release Prior to leaving rehab, EMS must confirm that members are able to safely perform full duty.
Wildland Firefighter Rehab Placeholder inserted Potential concerns: –Acclimatization, hydration, hourly assessment of environmental conditions (includes wet bulb globe temp to alter work/rest cycle to prevent heat- related illness)
Rehab Research Needed…
Thanks for your attention! LEAD. EDUCATE. SERVE. 86