EMS-EPC

The University of Pittsburgh EMS Evidence-Based Practice Center (EMS-EPC)
 

About EMS-EPC:

The Pittsburgh EMS Evidence-Based Practice Center is located in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  The EMS-EPC was established to aid the decision-making of EMS medical directors, administrators and EMS professionals.

 

What We Do:

The faculty and staff of the EMS-EPC perform systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the evidence germane to the clinical practice and operations of prehospital emergency care.

 

People:

The EMS-EPC is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of investigators with expertise in emergency medicine, prehospital emergency care, clinical research, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, library sciences, and more.

Dr. P. Daniel Patterson (pdp3@pitt.edu) and Dr. Christian Martin-Gill (martingillc2@upmc.edu) are the EMS-EPC'S Co-Directors.

Key staff includes project coordinators and research technicians in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine; faculty and staff affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System; students and faculty affiliated with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Emergency Medicine Program; students and faculty affiliated with the Graduate School of Public Health; and medical students and physician residents affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

 

Current Projects:

[1] PICO Research Question: In public safety personnel or related workers, does wearing a mask (face covering) at the workplace (or work vehicle) when around co-workers, versus not wearing a mask, lower the incidence of COVID-19 infection? [Registered with PROSPERO on January 21, 2021; PROSPERO# CRD42021232097].

 

Completed Projects and Publications:

  • Patterson PD, Liszka MK, Mcilvaine QS, Nong L, Weaver MD, Turner RL, Platt TE, Opitz SE, Guyette FX, Martin-Gill C, Weiss LS, Buysse DJ, Callaway CW. Does the evidence support brief (≤30-mins), moderate (31-60-mins), or long duration naps (61+ mins) on the night shift? A systematic review. Sleep Med Rev. 2021 May 19;59:101509. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2021.101509. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34116386.

 

  • Patterson PD, Mountz KA, Budd CT, Bubb JL, Hsin AU, Weaver MD, Turner RL, Platt TE, Guyette FX, Martin-Gill C, Buysse DJ, Callaway CW. Impact of shift work on blood pressure among Emergency Medical Services clinicians and related shift workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Health. 2020; Jun;6(3):387-398; PMID-32354630. Epub 2020 Apr 28. Pubmed Link