Five recommendations for fatigue mitigation based on a review of the best available evidence.

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Join us Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. EST

Presented by: 
Dr. P Daniel Patterson, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; EMSARN Primary Investigator 

Patterson studies safety in emergency care settings with special emphasis on safety culture, fatigue, shift work, sleep health, teamwork, medical errors and adverse events, and clinician injury in the prehospital EMS setting. Collaborations have led to creation of reliable and valid safety measurement tools and establishing base rate data for key indicators of EMS safety. Patterson has led multi-disciplinary teams in evidence reviews and experimental studies testing novel interventions to improve safety. His research is informed by immersion in the EMS setting as a paramedic clinician

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Administrators and leaders of EMS organizations aren’t adequately prepared to develop programs for mitigating fatigue in the workplace. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) supported a project to develop guidelines for fatigue risk management in EMS informed by a review of the best available evidence. They discussed: 

Best available evidence related to use of: 
  • Caffeine and naps during shifts 
  • Shorter shifts 
  • Education and training 
  • Biomethematical models and task load interventions 
  • Reliable or valid fatigue survey instruments. 

Values and preferences of EMS personnel regarding: 

  • Fatigue mitigation strategies 
  • Cost of strategies 
  • Risk and benefits of strategies for fatigue mitigation 

In the end, the panel produced five recommendations for fatigue mitigation based on a review of the best available evidence. In this webinar, we’ll summarize the guidelines for fatigue risk management in the EMS setting, and discuss how to implement and measure progress when adopting a recommendation. 

Join us Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. EST 


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