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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033886/complex-problem-solving-in-teams-the-impact-of-collective-orientation-on-team-process-demands
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Vera Hagemann, Annette Kluge
Complex problem solving is challenging and a high-level cognitive process for individuals. When analyzing complex problem solving in teams, an additional, new dimension has to be considered, as teamwork processes increase the requirements already put on individual team members. After introducing an idealized teamwork process model, that complex problem solving teams pass through, and integrating the relevant teamwork skills for interdependently working teams into the model and combining it with the four kinds of team processes (transition, action, interpersonal, and learning processes), the paper demonstrates the importance of fulfilling team process demands for successful complex problem solving within teams...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031935/workplace-mental-health-training-for-managers-and-its-effect-on-sick-leave-in-employees-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Josie S Milligan-Saville, Leona Tan, Aimée Gayed, Caryl Barnes, Ira Madan, Mark Dobson, Richard A Bryant, Helen Christensen, Arnstein Mykletun, Samuel B Harvey
BACKGROUND: Mental illness is one of the most rapidly increasing causes of long-term sickness absence, despite improved rates of detection and development of more effective interventions. However, mental health training for managers might help improve occupational outcomes for people with mental health problems. We aimed to investigate the effect of mental health training on managers' knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and behaviour towards employees with mental health problems, and its effect on employee sickness absence...
October 11, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016908/the-effect-of-age-on-fitness-among-female-firefighters
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L K Kirlin, J F Nichols, K Rusk, R A Parker, M J Rauh
Background: The physical demands of firefighting require both cardiovascular and muscular fitness, which both decline with age. While much has been published on age-related changes among male firefighters (FFs), data on female FFs are lacking. Aims: To describe cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and muscular fitness in a sample of female career FFs ranging in age from 25 to 60 years and determine whether ageing affects their achievement of the current recommended professional CRF standards of 12 metabolic equivalents (METs)...
September 1, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991807/assessment-of-ambient-exposures-firefighters-encounter-while-at-the-fire-station-an-exploratory-study
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Emily H Sparer, Daniel P Prendergast, Jennifer N Apell, Madeleine R Bartzak, Gregory R Wagner, Gary Adamkiewicz, Jaime E Hart, Glorian Sorensen
OBJECTIVE: Firefighters are at an increased risk for many types of cancer. Although most studies on this topic focus on exposures encountered while fighting fires, exposures at the fire station are also cause for concern. This pilot study aimed to describe air quality within a few fire stations in and around Boston, Massachusetts, and to investigate physical and organizational factors that may influence levels of contaminants in stations. METHODS: Air sampling of particulate matter less than 2...
October 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985535/evaluation-of-polyurethane-foam-passive-air-sampler-puf-as-a-tool-for-occupational-pah-measurements
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Bo Strandberg, Anneli Julander, Mattias Sjöström, Marie Lewné, Hatice Koca Akdeva, Carolina Bigert
Routine monitoring of workplace exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is performed mainly via active sampling. However, active samplers have several drawbacks and, in some cases, may even be unusable. Polyurethane foam (PUF) as personal passive air samplers constitute good alternatives for PAH monitoring in occupational air (8 h). However, PUFs must be further tested to reliably yield detectable levels of PAHs in short exposure times (1-3 h) and under extreme occupational conditions. Therefore, we compared the personal exposure monitoring performance of a passive PUF sampler with that of an active air sampler and determined the corresponding uptake rates (Rs)...
September 26, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981313/work-related-trauma-alienation-and-posttraumatic-and-depressive-symptoms-in-medical-examiner-employees
#6
Elizabeth Brondolo, Pegah Eftekharzadeh, Christine Clifton, Joseph E Schwartz, Douglas Delahanty
OBJECTIVE: First-responder employees, including firefighters, police, and medical examiners, are at risk for the development of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of exposure to workplace trauma. However, pathways linking workplace trauma exposure to mental health symptoms are not well understood. In the context of social-cognitive models of depression/PTSD, we examined the role of negative cognitions as mediators of the cross-sectional and longitudinal relationship of workplace trauma exposure to symptoms of depression/PTSD in medical examiner (ME) employees...
October 5, 2017: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978903/maximum-allowable-exposure-to-different-heat-radiation-levels-in-three-types-of-heat-protective-clothing
#7
Ronald Heus, Emiel A Denhartog
To determine safe working conditions in emergency situations at petro-chemical plants in the Netherlands a study was performed on three protective clothing combinations (operator's, firefighter's and aluminized). The clothing was evaluated at four different heat radiation levels (3.0, 4.6, 6.3 and 10.0k∙W∙m(-2)) in standing and walking posture with a thermal manikin RadMan(TM). Time till pain threshold (43°C) is set as a cut-off criterion for regular activities.Operator's clothing did not fulfil requirements to serve as protective clothing for necessary activities at heat radiation levels above 1...
October 3, 2017: Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978527/dispatch-of-firefighters-and-police-officers-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-nationwide-prospective-cohort-trial-using-propensity-score-analysis
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Ingela Hasselqvist-Ax, Per Nordberg, Johan Herlitz, Leif Svensson, Martin Jonsson, Jonny Lindqvist, Mattias Ringh, Andreas Claesson, Johan Björklund, Jan-Otto Andersson, Caroline Ericson, Pär Lindblad, Lars Engerström, Mårten Rosenqvist, Jacob Hollenberg
BACKGROUND: Dispatch of basic life support-trained first responders equipped with automated external defibrillators in addition to advanced life support-trained emergency medical services personnel in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has, in some minor cohort studies, been associated with improved survival. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between basic life support plus advanced life support response and survival in OHCA at a national level. METHODS AND RESULTS: This prospective cohort study was conducted from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014...
October 4, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976263/physiological-and-perceptual-strain-of-firefighters-during-graded-exercise-to-exhaustion-at-40-%C3%A2-c-and-10-%C3%A2-c
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Erna von Heimburg, Mariann Sandsund, Tone Pedersen Rangul, Randi Eidsmo Reinertsen
PURPOSE: To study whether perceptual identification should be included as a measure to evaluate physiological stress. METHODS: Physiological variables; oxygen uptake (VO2), ventilation, heart rate (HR), blood lactate concentration, rectal temperature (Trec) and mean skin temperature (Tskin), perceptual variables; rate of perceived exertion (RPE), thermal sensation (TS) and time to exhaustion were measured at submaximal and maximal intensities during graded exercise on a treadmill to exhaustion in 12 firefighters wearing protective clothing and extra mass at 40 °C and 10 °C...
October 4, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975412/relationship-between-burnout-and-ptsd-symptoms-in-firefighters-the-moderating-effects-of-a-sense-of-calling-to-firefighting
#10
Insung Jo, Songhee Lee, Gyhye Sung, Minkyoung Kim, Sanghyuk Lee, Jooeon Park, Kangsoo Lee
PURPOSE: Firefighting has been reported to lead to burnout and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, burnout and PTSD symptoms may vary depending on personal characteristics, such as having a sense of calling. This study examined the role of calling in the association between burnout and PTSD symptoms. We hypothesized that burnout would be associated with more severe PTSD symptoms and calling would buffer the relationship between burnout and PTSD symptoms. METHODS: The Korean version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey, Sense of Calling Subscale of the Professionalism Scale, and the Impact of Event Scale-Revised-Korean version were used to measure burnout, calling, and PTSD symptoms...
October 3, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972498/general-health-status-among-firefighters-and-rescue-operations-workers
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A Ibrayeva, B Turdalieva, G Aimbetova, L Pleva
Research objective - to study the state of health of staff of service of fire extinguishing and accident rescue services department for definition of the priority directions of rendering the treatment-and-prophylactic help and rehabilitation of employees. By means of an information and analytical method the retrospective analysis of reports about the registered diseases, their result and the reasons of temporary disability of staff of service of fire extinguishing and accident rescue services department of Department on emergency situations of Almaty in 2011-2016 has been carried out...
September 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972370/plant-uptake-of-per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-at-a-contaminated-fire-training-facility-to-evaluate-the-phytoremediation-potential-of-various-plant-species
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Laura Gobelius, Jeffrey Lewis, Lutz Ahrens
Fire training facilities and other areas suffer from serious per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) contamination in soil, surface water and groundwater due to regular practices with PFASs-containing aqueous firefighting foams (AFFFs). Therefore, the uptake of 26 PFASs in plants and the contamination of soil and groundwater has been investigated at a fire training site at Stockholm Arlanda airport, Stockholm (Sweden) in 2016. Elevated ∑26PFASs levels were detected in soil and groundwater ranging from 16-160 ng g-1 dry weight (dw) and 1,200-34,000 ng L-1, respectively...
October 3, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964973/an-evaluation-of-contemporary-savanna-fire-regimes-in-the-canastra-national-park-brazil-outcomes-of-fire-suppression-policies
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Eugênia Kelly Luciano Batista, Jeremy Russell-Smith, Helena França, José Eugênio Côrtes Figueira
Fire has shaped plant evolution and biogeochemical cycles for millions of years in savanna ecosystems, but changes in natural fire regimes promoted by human land use threaten contemporary conservation efforts. In protected areas in the Brazilian savannas (Cerrado), the predominant management policy is fire suppression, reflecting a cultural heritage which considers that fire always has a negative impact on biodiversity. Here we compare resultant fire-regimes in Canastra National Park (CNP), southeast Brazil, associated with areas under and without fire suppression management, based on a 16-year Landsat imagery record...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954480/analysis-of-the-impact-of-harmful-factors-in-the-workplace-on-functioning-of-the-respiratory-system-of-firefighters
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Magdalena Witt, Mariusz Goniewicz, Witold Pawłowski, Krzysztof Goniewicz, Wiesława Biczysko
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Firefighters are considered a healthy and fit group of individuals, well-prepared for taking action in disaster situations. While working, they suffer from exposure to certain toxic agents, especially combustion products generated when a fire takes place. Among them, the most frequent and the most toxic are: carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, and those resulting from PVC combustion - hydrochloride, phosgene and chloride. Additionally, fire-extinguisher powder can be inhaled and lead to certain lesion in the airways...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954180/an-interprofessional-approach-to-continuing-education-with-mass-casualty-simulation-planning-and-execution
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Deborah A Saber, Kelley Strout, Lisa Swanson Caruso, Charlene Ingwell-Spolan, Aiden Koplovsky
Many natural and man-made disasters require the assistance from teams of health care professionals. Knowing that continuing education about disaster simulation training is essential to nursing students, nurses, and emergency first responders (e.g., emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police officers), a university in the northeastern United States planned and implemented an interprofessional mass casualty incident (MCI) disaster simulation using the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) management framework...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941609/association-of-apolipoproteins-b-and-a-1-with-markers-of-vascular-health-or-cardiovascular-events
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Yiming M Zhu, Subodh Verma, Marinda Fung, Matthew J McQueen, Todd J Anderson, Eva M Lonn
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein B (apoB) and apolipoprotein A-1 (apoA-1) are markers of lipoprotein metabolism. Although their relationship to cardiovascular disease has been well documented, little is known regarding their correlation to measures of vascular structure and function. This study was conducted to investigate the relationship between apoA-1, apoB, and measures of vascular function, as well their relationship to adverse cardiovascular events. Moreover, we evaluated whether apoB or the apoB/apoA-1 ratio was more closely related to vascular markers than was low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C)...
October 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926576/receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-and-world-trade-center-particulate-induced-lung-function-loss-a-case-cohort-study-and-murine-model-of-acute-particulate-exposure
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Erin J Caraher, Sophia Kwon, Syed H Haider, George Crowley, Audrey Lee, Minah Ebrahim, Liqun Zhang, Lung-Chi Chen, Terry Gordon, Mengling Liu, David J Prezant, Ann Marie Schmidt, Anna Nolan
World Trade Center-particulate matter(WTC-PM) exposure and metabolic-risk are associated with WTC-Lung Injury(WTC-LI). The receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) is most highly expressed in the lung, mediates metabolic risk, and single-nucleotide polymorphisms at the AGER-locus predict forced expiratory volume(FEV). Our objectives were to test the hypotheses that RAGE is a biomarker of WTC-LI in the FDNY-cohort and that loss of RAGE in a murine model would protect against acute PM-induced lung disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922585/climatic-and-anthropogenic-drivers-of-northern-amazon-fires-during-the-2015-2016-el-ni%C3%A3-o-event
#18
Marisa G Fonseca, Liana O Anderson, Egidio Arai, Yosio E Shimabukuro, Haron A M Xaud, Maristela R Xaud, Nima Madani, Fabien H Wagner, Luiz E O C Aragão
The strong El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event that occurred in 2015/2016 caused extreme drought in the northern Brazilian Amazon, especially in the state of Roraima, increasing fire occurrence. Here we map the extent of precipitation and fire anomalies and quantify the effects of climatic and anthropogenic drivers on fire occurrence during the 2015/2016 dry season (from December 2015 to March 2016) in the state of Roraima. To achieve these objectives we first estimated the spatial pattern of precipitation anomalies, based on long-term data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), and the fire anomaly, based on MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) active fire detections during the referred period...
September 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920706/do-night-and-around-the-clock-firefighters-shift-schedules-induce-deviation-in-tau-from-24-hours-of-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressure-circadian-rhythms
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Alain E Reinberg, Michael H Smolensky, Marc Riedel, Cedric Riedel, Eric Brousse, Yvan Touitou
Systolic (S) and diastolic (D) blood pressures (BP) [SBP and DBP] are circadian rhythmic with period (τ) in healthy persons assumed to be maintained at 24.0h. We tested this assumption in a sample of 30 healthy career (mean >12 yrs) 30-to-46 yr-old male Caucasian French firefighters (FFs) categorized into three groups according to work schedule and duties: Group A - 12 FFs working 12h day, 12h night, and occasionally 24h shifts and whose primary duties are firefighting plus paramedical and road rescue services; Group B - 9 FFs working mostly 12h day and 12h night shifts and whose duties are answering incoming emergency calls and coordinating service vehicle dispatch from fire stations with Group A personnel; Group C - 9 day shift (09:00-17:00h) FFs charged with administrative tasks...
September 18, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912742/perception-action-and-cognition-of-football-referees-in-extreme-temperatures-impact-on-decision-performance
#20
Nadia Gaoua, Rita F de Oliveira, Steve Hunter
Different professional domains require high levels of physical performance alongside fast and accurate decision-making. Construction workers, police officers, firefighters, elite sports men and women, the military and emergency medical professionals are often exposed to hostile environments with limited options for behavioral coping strategies. In this (mini) review we use football refereeing as an example to discuss the combined effect of intense physical activity and extreme temperatures on decision-making and suggest an explicative model...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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