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Episode 8: I’m So Tired

Fatigue in EMS isn’t new. Almost every EMT and paramedic has a story. So grab a coffee or an energy drink and join us as Nick and Samantha take a look at a recent case that happened in our own backyards. We consider the criminal and civil liabilities that fatigue creates for EMTs, paramedics, and EMS agencies. What can the tired EMT or paramedic do? What should agencies be doing to decrease the fatigue suffered by employees in the face of increased call volumes and staffing challenges? Will it take a nuclear verdict or two for everyone to get serious about fatigue?

There are current studies on fatigue in EMS, and we encourage our listeners to participate in these studies if possible. The link to the University of Pittsburgh study is here: https://ambulance.org/2021/05/25/ems1-survey-how-is-fatigue-impacting-ems-providers/

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Show Notes / Links



WRCB Staff, UPDATE: Ambulance Driver in Deadly Crash Pleads Guilty to Traffic Violation, WRCBtv, June 16, 2017, https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/35680934/update-ga-ambulance-crash-claims-patients-life 

WTVC News Channel 9, Update: EMT Driver to Turn Self in after Floyd Co. Ambulance Wreck, June 16, 2017, https://newschannel9.com/news/local/report-ambulance-driver-crashes-crash-kills-patient-inside 

WTCV News Channel 9, Family of Deadly June Ambulance Crash Victim May Put the Blame on Company, Not Driver, November 6, 2017, https://newschannel9.com/news/local/driver-pleads-guilty-in-ambulance-fatality-case 

Mythbusters, Episode 152: Arrow Machine Gun/Tipsy vs. Tired, (Discovery Channel television broadcast November 3, 2010), https://mythresults.com/arrow-machine-gun 

NHTSA Office of EMS, Fighting Fatigue in EMS, https://www.ems.gov/projects/fatigue-in-ems.html

Patterson, Daniel P., et al., Evidence-Based Guidelines for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services, Prehospital Emergency Care, 22:sup1, 89-101, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10903127.2017.1376137 

French, Laura, Study on EMS Sleep Health, Fatigue Seeks Participants, EMS1.com, June 5, 2020, https://www.ems1.com/health-wellness/articles/study-on-ems-sleep-health-fatigue-seeks-participants-EoJB1wsWQFJtMNNQ/


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