Effect of Fire Smoke on Some Biochemical Parameters in Firefighters of Saudi Arabia

Report Date: December 2008

Toxic byproducts of combustion, such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride, benzene, sulphur dioxide, can pose serious health threats to firefighters. This paper assesses the effects of combustion byproducts by evaluating biochemical parameters of firefighters as compared to the general population. The results show that there were statistically significant differences in liver function, kidney function, serum lipid profile, cortisol, creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, iron, and blood picture in firefighters as compared with the normal control group. This shows a need for more protective measures and medical monitoring to help prevent serious health effects associated with these toxic smoke components.

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Al-Malki, Abdulrahman L, Ameen M Rezq, and Mohamed H Al-Saedy. Effect of fire smoke on some biochemical parameters in firefighters of Saudi Arabia. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 3:33. 2008.  

Copyright © 2008 Al-Malki et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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