EMSARN Sleep Quality and Fatigue Project
We are now recruiting for the 2013 cohort. Please contact us for more information if your agency is interested in this project.
Latest News on EMS Sleep and Fatigue
EMSARN investigators are testing a NEW method for investigating sleep, fatigue, and injuries among EMS Workers. Investigators are testing a novel smartphone application known as SleepTrack. Future studies will include large cohorts of EMS workers that document their sleep, fatigue, and self-reported injuries before, during, and after shift work. Go to www.SleepTrack.org or www.EMSShiftWork.org to learn more.
Please take a moment to read the latest on the issue of shift length, fatigue, and safety in EMS. Go to the PEC journal website and download a copy of Dr Patterson's editorial on this issue.
The EMS Provider Sleep Quality and Fatigue Project
Recently, fatigue and sleep quality have become issues of significance in the EMS industry. The visibility of these issues has, in large part, been driven by a precipitous rise in air-medical EMS crashes over time and by strong recommendations from EMS accreditation bodies like Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) for changing crew shift lengths.
Few studies have evaluated sleep quality and fatigue of the EMS workforce. A team of investigators led by Dr. Patterson conducted one of the first studies of sleep quality and fatigue in EMS providers. The results of this study were previously presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP).
In recognition of gaps in research in this area, EMSARN seeks to characterize sleep quality and fatigue in the EMS workforce nationally and report on trends.
The aims of this project include:
- To characterize sleep quality and fatigue in the EMS workforce nationally.
- To identify agency and individual characteristics that predict poor sleep quality and fatigue.
- To provide benchmarking data for comparison purposes.
How We Keep EMS Agencies Informed of their Agency's Sleep and Fatigue
|Dissemination of findings to EMS agencies?||Reports Issued||Summary Briefs Issued|
|2010 Cohort (published)||30||30|
Please visit our EMSARN Data Collection page for details on how and when we collect data for this project.
If your agency would like to participate in this annual project, please contact us