IceAge Insights: CBRNE, Disaster Response and Preparedness

How to Stay Cool in PPE/HAZMAT/CBRNE Suits
Working in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is hot. Dangerously hot. Overheating is the most common injury associated with wearing tarp-like HAZMAT or CBRNE protection suits. I worked in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRNE) Defense world for three years within...
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When Washing Your Hands Is Not Enough: Using Cooling Vests to Reduce Heat Stress in Medical Workers, Health Care Providers, and First Responders Wearing PPE for Coronavirus/COVID-19

Coronavirus/COVID-19 is highly contagious and requires Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be worn by healthcare providers and first responders to prevent further transmission and infection. However, PPE traps body heat and greatly increases fatigue and risk in users, reducing time available to treat patients. This problem is compounded with the lack of qualified medical professionals, especially in an epidemic or pandemic. 

Maximizing the endurance capacity of the limited number of qualified medical professionals to operate safely in contaminated environments provides more overall capacity to successfully manage the response.

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