A new pill is on trial among Australian firefighters, which is designed to record vital readings in the body, for instance- skin temperature, respiration rate and heart rate as they work under tough conditions, in a bid to avert accidents and fatalities due to heat exhaustion.
Equivital's VitalSense Core Temperature capsules are pills that can be swallowed and which records readings in the body. These readings are then transmitted to an EQ02 life monitor strapped on the chest of the firefighter. This data is subsequently transmitted to an external computer.
If a firefighter's core body temperature is going up really fast, they can be assisted and shifted to another place in order to recover. This can reduce the number of accidents and deaths triggered by heat exhaustion.
Further tests are planned out on the Equivital capsules with temperatures as high as 600 degrees to verify its effectiveness.