Fatigue Risk Management

NASEMSO_FatigueLogo_F_transpBEarlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announced a new initiative regarding the development of voluntary evidence-based guidelines (EBGs) for fatigue risk management tailored to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) occupation.

The goal of the project is to develop evidence-based recommendations that can help EMS agencies and practitioners mitigate the impact that fatigue has on the health and safety of patients and providers.

  • Research shows that anywhere from half to 85% of U.S. EMS workers report feeling fatigued while at work.
  • Fatigue has significant impact on the health and well-being of both the EMS providers and the patients they treat.

The state Medical Direction Committee, a sub-committee of the EMS Advisory Board is also looking into Fatigue Risk Management here in the Commonwealth.  Meeting minutes from this committee can be found on the OEMS website by clicking here.

For more information on Fatigue Risk Management in EMS, please see the following links.