NIOSH Director’s Seminar Series on Work and Fatigue

Fatigue mitigation in emergency medical services (EMS):
Let’s talk about evidence, tailored recommendations, and a focus on worker health

Date/Time   May 19, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
Location:   Adobe Connect (register here)

Speaker: P. Daniel Patterson, PhD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
James O. Page Professor of Emergency Healthcare Worker Safety
Department of Emergency Medicine University of Pittsburgh

Dr. P. Daniel Patterson is a nationally registered paramedic and Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Patterson studies safety in emergency care settings with special emphasis on safety culture, fatigue, shift work, sleep health, teamwork, medical errors and adverse events, and clinician injury in the pre-hospital EMS setting. He has led multi-disciplinary teams in evidence reviews and experimental studies testing novel interventions to improve safety. His research is informed by immersion in the EMS setting as a paramedic clinician.

There are nearly 20,000 EMS agencies in the United States and over 1 million paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and other EMS responders. They are a unique type of shift worker who face unique threats to health, safety, and sleep, such as responding to emergencies around the clock working outside the hospital on the roadside and in people’s homes Making medical decisions under significant time pressure and deliver emergency care in a matter of minutes in order to stabilise the acutely ill or injured. The 2018 Evidence Based Guideline for Fatigue Risk Management in EMS was the largest ever review of the evidence germane to sleep and fatigue of shift workers.

In this this seminar Dr. Patterson will present on the five recommendations that comprise the guideline and how application of these recommendations may differ across the United States how shift work impacts EMS worker health, specifically cardiovascular health how EMS agencies may be addressing fatigue mitigation during extraordinary events such as large-scale disasters or emergencies to learn more about past seminars, please visit our website:

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