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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Mar;52(3):336-9. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181d44d8d.

Implementation of a physician-organized wellness regime (POWR) enforcing the 2007 NFPA standard 1582: injury rate reduction and associated cost savings.

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Federal Occupational Health, Bethesda, MD 21117, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effects of a physician-organized wellness regime (POWR) on a cohort of firefighters while applying the 2007 National Fire Protection Association Standard 1582.

METHODS:

A prospective evaluation comparing baseline with postintervention injury rate data among 252 Howard County, Maryland firefighters with analysis of return on investment.

RESULTS:

After implementation of POWR, the Howard County fire department showed a 40% reduction in recordable injuries during year 1, which increased to 60% during year 2. Return on investment was shown to be 4.6:1 by the second year. Moreover, the subpopulation of overweight firefighters showed statistically significant weight loss during the intervention period.

CONCLUSION:

POWR, a specific type of wellness initiative, can lead to substantial cost savings from an injury-sparing perspective alone and has potential to decrease cardiac risk factors among a high-risk population of firefighters.

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PMID:
20190648
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181d44d8d
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