"When in the throes of an emergency, the nervous system will initiate the bodies evolutionary fight or flight response by increasing activity of the sympathetic branch.
"This results in an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and glucose for energy.
"While in this heightened state of sympathetic arousal, physical capability is often at a max. However, this same response can greatly affect critical thinking. Therefore, an individual's ability to make quick and correct decisions in this environment can be severely compromised.
Frequent and pro longed exposure to this kind of physiological response can increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias and myocardial infarctions."
- Adrian Deery, Algorithm Engineer
How ECG Biometrics Can Help
ECG biometrics can assist first responders. Those active can clearly be identified - their live health data profiled, trended and monitored accurately upon their unique profile.
Valuable insights into an individual’s stress levels, fatigue, respiration rate, and HRV, allowing crucial, tactical decisions to be made. Such vital insights help decision-makers to protect their workers safety and make astute data-driven decisions quickly.
According to the United States National Fire Protection Association, more than 60,000 firefighters are reported injured in North America alone every single year. What’s arguably more concerning is that 25% are caused by overexertion or strain.
ECG biometrics could be the answer, ensuring the real-time health and safety of not only one active individual, but a whole team. This could undoubtedly improve responder management, performance, training and ultimately aid successful outcomes - saving lives.