BY SWALLOWING TINY RADIO TRANSMITTERS, City of Victoria firefighters are helping UVic researchers monitor the stress that comes with fires and accident victims. Occupational physiologist Lynneth Wolski (in photo with firefighter Darrell Deane during a training exercise) is using the ingestible devices to track firefighters’ core body temperatures during physically demanding episodes. Currently, the standard practice is to use an ear thermometer to determine when an over-heated firefighter is safe to return to duty. The new, real-time method, promises greater accuracy and could ultimately lead to improved working standards for firefighters.
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