Marie-Christine J. Plat

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PURPOSE A new job-specific test for fire fighters, the stair-climb test (FFstair-climb) was evaluated for reproducibility and validity for use in future workers' health surveillance. METHODS The FFstair-climb was performed at three times by 20 male fire fighters (one and three weeks in between test and retest) to examine the reliability and agreement. An(More)
PURPOSE Some occupations have tasks and activities that require monitoring safety and health aspects of the job; examples of such occupations are emergency services personnel and military personnel. The two objectives of this systematic review were to describe (1) the existing job-specific workers' health surveillance (WHS) activities and (2) the(More)
BACKGROUND Clinimetric data for the fire fighting simulation test (FFST), a new test proposed for the Workers' Health Surveillance (WHS) of Dutch fire fighters, were evaluated. METHODS Twenty-one fire fighters took the FFST three times with one and three weeks between testing. Clinimetric quality was determined by means of reliability, agreement and(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to test the feasibility and acceptability of a new workers' health surveillance (WHS) for fire fighters in a Dutch pilot-implementation project. METHODS In three fire departments, between November 2007 and February 2009, feasibility was tested with respect to i) worker intent to change health and behavior; ii)(More)
INTRODUCTION Care for battle casualties demands special skills from medics, nurses, and tactical commanders. To date, no inventory has been performed evaluating the first responders (medics, nurses and tactical commanders) around battle casualties. METHOD This observational cohort study was conducted amongst the first responders (n=195) who were deployed(More)
OBJECTIVES A Workers' Health Surveillance (WHS) program is an occupational health strategy used to detect and address the health of individual workers to improve their ability to work. This study aims to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of a new job-specific WHS for hospital physicians. MATERIAL AND METHODS All hospital physicians of the(More)
OBJECTIVES Units deployed to armed conflicts are at high risk for exposure to combat events. Many battle casualties (BCs) have been reported in the recent deployment to Afghanistan. The long-term impact of these combat injuries, at their five-year end point, is currently unknown. To date, no systematic inventory has been performed of an identified group of(More)
The objective was to assess the diminished health status of firefighters in the Netherlands. Two hundred and seventy-eight firefighters were tested during a workers' health surveillance. Psychological, physical, sense-related and cardiovascular markers vital to job performance were investigated and the relative frequency of deficiencies in health markers(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the reproducibility (i.e., agreement and inter-rater reliability) of two task-specific functional capacity evaluation protocols meant to simulate the daily workload of collectors using either two-wheeled waste containers or bags. METHODS A within-subjects design was used to assess reproducibility in terms of(More)
INTRODUCTION The Netherlands Armed Forces use -80°C frozen red blood cells (RBCs), plasma and platelets combined with regular liquid stored RBCs, for the treatment of (military) casualties in Medical Treatment Facilities abroad. Our objective was to assess and compare the use of -80°C frozen blood products in combination with the different transfusion(More)