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Australian Firefighters Ingest Data-Transmitting Pills When They Go To Work


A new data-delivering pill could help firefighters monitor their reactions to heat stress, a new trial in Australia shows.

Heat stress can lead to various problems for firefighters working in hot environments, including unconsciousness and cardiac arrest, and the standard method of measuring core body temperature through the ear is not always effective enough. Firefighters working in extreme conditions during Australia's 2009 Black Sunday fires struggled with heat stress in spite of hydration procedures, signaling a need for greater research into how to manage it.

In a trial, 50 firefighters from Victoria's County Fire Authority swallowed an Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor capsule to monitor their body's reaction during a training exercise.

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