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Fundamental research for the development of personal protective equipment for emergency medical technicians

구급대원용 개인보호복 개발을 위한 기초연구

  • No, Yoo-Min (Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University) ;
  • Nam, Yun-Ja (Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University/Research Institute of Human Ecology, Seoul National University) ;
  • Lee, Hye-Rin (Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kim, Tae-Han (Department of Emergency Medicine, Seoul Metropolitan Government Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center) ;
  • Kim, Chu-Hyun (Department of Emergency Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine and Seoul Paik Hospital) ;
  • Shin, Sang-Do (Department of Emergency Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine and Seoul National University Hospital)
  • 노유민 (서울대학교 의류학과) ;
  • 남윤자 (서울대학교 의류학과/서울대학교 생활과학연구소) ;
  • 이혜린 (서울대학교 의류학과) ;
  • 김태한 (서울특별시 보라매병원 응급의학과) ;
  • 김주현 (인제대학교 서울백병원 응급의학과) ;
  • 신상도 (서울대학교병원 응급의학과)
  • Received : 2018.01.23
  • Accepted : 2018.04.15
  • Published : 2018.04.30

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to provide basic data for the development of personal protective equipment (PPE) for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) during chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive situations. Methods: Body measurements were obtained for adults aged from 20 to 59 years from the data in the 6 th Size Korea national sizing survey. These data were compared to the sizes of protective clothing currently available in the market. In-depth interviews with active paramedics with experiences of wearing PPE were conducted. Results: Most of the imported protective clothing turned out to be unfit for Korean adults. This showed the urgent need for developing appropriately sized protective clothing for Korean emergency technicians. In total, 55.0% of the respondents indicated that the current protective clothing is unsafe, and 71.0% requested the clothing to have level C protective performance. Regarding the design, many people wanted hooded all-in-one type of clothing. Conclusion: Considering these requirements, most of the wearers wanted their protective clothing to be fundamentally protective of their body, be available in various sizes with adjustable parts, and easy to wear and take off. They also wanted the clothing to be secure in clear sight, while not revealing any parts of their body and not interfringe with their ability to communicate with others.

Keywords

Chemical;biological;radiological;nuclear;and explosive (CBRNE);Personal protective equipment (PPE);Size;Functional clothing

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 국민안전처

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