Fatigue in EMS
Fatigue in EMS Expert Panel Meets Feb. 28-Mar. 2 to Review Findings and Develop Recommendations
(01/27/16) On Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will host a meeting at NASEMSO Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. This meeting represents the final gathering of the full expert panel in regards to the project “Developing Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services.” The goal of meeting is to review the findings of the systematic review of literature and develop recommendations. More information on the project is available at www.emsfatigue.org. Time will be set aside in the meeting to accept comments from registered attendees. Note: Space is extremely limited for in-person participation. The meeting agenda and remote participation information will be sent to registered participants via email as soon as it becomes available. Register now to attend.
10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue to Take Place Mar. 20-23, 2017, in San Diego, California
The 10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue is the premier global event on the science of fatigue. Renowned fatigue experts, including speakers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) , the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and others will discuss a range of topics, including sleep disorders and health, workplace fatigue, distracted and drowsy driving, fatigue countermeasures, system design, worker scheduling, and more. Dr. P. Daniel Patterson, will present the latest findings of our expert panel in a session titled, “Evidence Based Guidelines for the Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services.” The biennial event is normally held in Australia, we encourage you to consider this unique opportunity!
NHTSA Announces New Initiative with NASEMSO
(02/02/16) The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) on Feb. 2, 2016, officially announced its new initiative with
NASEMSO about the development of voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines and resources tailored to the EMS occupation. The project is a collaboration between NHTSA, NASEMSO, and content experts from multiple institutions, including the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine and Carolinas HealthCare Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Daniel Patterson of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine will serve as the project's principal investigator.
Brief presentations at the Feb. 2 meeting addressed the potential dangers of drowsy and fatigued driving and the work of EMS practitioners, including the risk of traffic crashes and providing patient care, a summary of the project goals and methods for coming to consensus on EBG fatigue risk management guidelines, the plan for dissemination of EBGs, and additional project related activities and information. A majority of the time in the meeting was set aside to accept questions and comments from registered attendees and an ongoing dialogue is encouraged to ensure that voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines will address the needs of the entire and diverse EMS community.
Where We Are in the Process
Provide Comments or Questions
- Individuals and organizations can provide comments or questions for consideration by NHTSA and the Expert Panel via Federal Docket NHTSA-2015-0121.
- Download Tips for Submitting Effective Comments.
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