We are now recruiting emergency workers (paramedics and firefighters) for fit testing at Centennial College (Morningside Campus) and University of Toronto (St. George Campus).
We are also looking to travel to paramedic and firefighter services in Ontario willing to host our research team for testing. If you are a service interested in hosting our fit testing study, or a paramedic/firefighter interested in fit testing at one of the above locations, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may be travelling to a service near you! Stay tuned for upcoming travel dates to your region.
Thank you to the paramedic services who have hosted our study:
Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services
Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services
Frontenac Paramedic Services
Halton Paramedic Services
Lennox and Addington County Paramedic Services
Ottawa Paramedic Services
Simcoe County Paramedic Services
Timiskaming Emergency Medical Services
Emergency workers (paramedics and firefighters) are at risk of exposure to bioaerosols. Respirators are often the only protection available against bioaerosols for workers providing emergency care. However, little is known about how well respirators fit during patient-handling and life support tasks and the exercises used in the standard respirator fit testing protocol may not reflect the movements performed by workers in their job.
We aim to recruit 200 Ontario paramedics or firefighters to determine how well respirators fit during patient handling and life support tasks that may break the seal between the respirator and face. Information from this study can help to ensure paramedics and firefighters are provided with adequate respiratory protection.
Contact the study coordinator, Rachel Tyli (email@example.com), or principal investigator, Tracy Kirkham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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