The IAFC and its Safety, Health and Survival Section today released A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter – down load the guide at (http://www.fstaresearch.org/resource/?FstarId=11591) to assist healthcare providers in the evaluation and treatment of the health and wellness of firefighters. The guide serves as an important new tool for firefighters to manage their own healthcare.
The research-supported, experience-driven guide, available due to the work of IAFC SHS members features a systems approach to the physical examination of firefighters, addressing cardiovascular health and fitness, cancer, musculoskeletal injuries, behavioral health, lung disease, sleep disorders and infectious diseases.
Firefighting is physically taxing, dangerous and stressful; this guide provides both the context and information needed to improve the medical testing and treatment of firefighters by their personal private primary care providers. This free Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals is available for you to bring to your physician to help them understand the physiological demands of firefighting and the resulting health risks research shows firefighters are most prone to.
The guide assists primary care providers in the evaluation, treatment and ongoing surveillance of the unique health and wellness needs of firefighters. Its medical recommendations are research-supported and experience-driven. It was written by physicians, healthcare professionals, researchers and fire service experts experienced in evaluating and treating firefighters. The concise format and well thought out content is continuously well received by physicians looking for information on the health needs of firefighters.
The best way to diminish the effects of any diseases, illnesses or injuries is to detect them as early as possible. This is especially true for firefighters who, in many cases, are at greater risk for certain diseases, illnesses, and injuries than the general population. The best way to find these diseases, illnesses and injuries early is for healthcare providers to have an increased awareness and for firefighters to have annual physicals that can catch abnormalities early.
This guide is for any firefighter, whether career or volunteer, whether your department provides annual physicals or not. Help improve your personal private primary care provider’s understanding of your unique firefighter healthcare needs. Bring the guide to your next annual physical exam.