Ingestible LifeMonitor pill warns firefighters that risk succumbing to heat stress

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A new data-transmitting pill could save the lives of firefighters by providing a warning when their vitals are showing signs of heat stress. Researchers in Australia gave the Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor pill to 50 firefighters during a rescue training exercise and monitored their core body temperature . That information is delivered to a device on each firefighter’s chest (which itself tracks skin temperature and heart / respiratory rates) and then sent to an external computer a safe distance from the blaze.

If any of those vitals were increasing at an alarming rate, the system would theoretically allow individual firefighters to be pulled out and given time to rest up — avoiding serious risks like unconsciousness and even cardiac…

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