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Published on October 15, 2008

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Protective Equipment and Medical Monitoring : Protective Equipment and Medical Monitoring Protective Equipment Types : Protective Equipment Types Level A Level B Level C Level D Level A : Level A Highest level of respiratory/skin protection Suit fully encapsulates rescuer, SCBA Used in hot zone with: Unknown substances Substances with potential for respiratory and skin absorption hazards Level A : Level A Level B : Level B Full respiratory protection Lower skin protection level Suit non-encapsulating, but chemically resistant SCBA worn outside of suit Typically worn in warm zone by decon team Level C : Level C Non-permeable suit, boots, hand, eye protection Air-purifying respirator with cartridges for specific substances Worn during transport of patients with 2o contamination risk Level D : Level D Firefighter turnout gear NOT suitable for HAZMAT incidents Selection of PPE : Selection of PPE Based on chemical involved NO single suit material is appropriate for all chemicals Permeability charts should be consulted to determine breakthrough times for suit material Selection of PPE : Selection of PPE Latex gloves are NOT chemically resistant Nitrile gloves hive high resistance to most chemicals Leather boots will absorb chemicals permanently Medical Monitoring & Rehab : Medical Monitoring & Rehab A primary role of EMS Entry team personnel should have annual physicals with baseline vitals on file Entry Readiness : Entry Readiness Monitor BP Pulse Respiratory rate Temperature Body weight ECG Mental/neurological status Abnormal findings prohibit entry Pre-hydrate with 8 to 16 oz of water or diluted sports drink After-Exit Rehab : After-Exit Rehab Monitor BP Pulse Respiratory rate Temperature Body weight ECG Mental/neurological status Use weight loss to estimate hydration status Rehydrate Do NOT permit reentry unless: Alert Non-tachycardic Normotensive Normothermic Within reasonable percentage of normal body weight

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