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Fatigue in EMS Risk Management Guidelines Go Live

(01/11/18) Workplace fatigue is a common complaint among shift workers. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel work shifts and deliver emergent health care to the acutely ill and injured on the roadside, in patients’ homes, and other environments. They must deliver this care while under significant time pressure and stress. Fatigue is a threat that is often overlooked by EMS leadership and personnel as “just part of the job.“

The number of fatigue-related safety incidences involving EMS personnel and their patients is on the rise. Recent research shows that more than half of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel report severe mental and physical fatigue while at work, poor sleep quality, and poor recovery between shifts. Half of EMS personnel obtain less than 6 hours of sleep per day. The industry has a fatigue problem, yet few have developed solutions informed by the evidence or best practice.

NASEMSO has partnered with a team led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists to develop new fatigue guidelines published early online in the journal Prehospital Emergency Care. The aim of the guidelines is to mitigate the effects of fatigue with recommendations based on a comprehensive evaluation of the best available evidence related to numerous fatigue mitigation strategies such as using caffeine and napping during shifts. Evidence Based Guidelines for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services are now online, and and all companion materials, including background information, systematic reviews, evidence tables, and expert commentaries are also available.

Table of Contents for the Fatigue Supplement in Prehospital Emergency Care


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  • Evidence-based guidelines for fatigue risk management in Emergency Medical Services
    Authors: P. Daniel Patterson, PhD, NRP, J. Stephen Higgins, PhD, Hans P. A. Van Dongen, PhD, Daniel J. Buysse, MD, Ronald W. Thackery, JD, Douglas F. Kupas, MD, David S. Becker, MA, EMT-P, Bradley E. Dean, MA, NRP, George H. Lindbeck, MD, Francis X. Guyette, MD, MPH, Josef H. Penner, MBA, John M. Violanti, PhD, Eddy S. Lang, MDCM, CCFP (EM), Christian Martin-Gill, MD, MPH

 

Webinar Recording on "Fatigue Risk Guidelines" Now Available

 

(11/20/17) On Nov. 8, 2017, NASEMSO participated in an online session with Principal Investigator, P. Daniel Patterson, PhD, NRP, on the development of Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Patterson provided an overview of the methodology and recommendations that are expected to be published in NASEMSO’s official journal, Prehospital Emergency Care, in the near future. The webinar was archived and is now available for viewing here.
 

Where We Are in the Process


This page will be updated to provide project updates and fatigue-related resources…please feel free to explore!

NASEMSO Staff Liaison
Kathy Robinson, RN, EMT-P
703-538-1799, Ext. 1894
Robinson@nasemso.org