A new study published in Prehospital Emergency Care, a journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians, includes five recommendations to limit the risks associated with workplace fatigue for EMS personnel. An executive summary from this study published in January 2018 states:
"This paper describes guideline development for the Fatigue in EMS Project and reports the results of the panel's review of the evidence and recommendations. This project was supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address gaps in guidance for fatigue risk management through the Model Process and to aid the EMS industry with recommendations tailored to EMS operations and personnel. The primary targeted audience for this work includes individuals in positions of leadership, administration, and/or management of EMS personnel. Therefore, these recommendations are also meant to inform EMS personnel, and to guide their decision-making toward actions that can mitigate fatigue in the workplace."
The study's lead investigator, Dr. Daniel Patterson, is scheduled to be a keynote speaker on this topic at EMSAAC's Annual Conference in May 2018.
Download the article and five recommendations below: