EMS1.com explores the evidence about poor sleep health and work-related fatigue.
EMS clinicians and employers are familiar with these challenges. Despite awareness, most EMS organizations under-manage or fail to manage fatigued EMS clinicians. It is likely that most EMS agencies do not have a formal or evidence-based process to:
Comprehensively evaluate an EMS clinician’s sleep health
Identify fatigued EMS clinicians in a reliable and valid way
Address clinician sleep health and fatigue appropriately and in accordance with recommendations from leading authorities such as the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).