Study: Medics' fatigue linked to higher injury rates
In the survey sample, more than half of the respondents were classified as fatigued
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Fatigue and lack of restful sleep are linked to higher reported rates of injuries, medical errors and behavior that compromises safety, according to a study announced today by the University of Pittsburgh.
"Emergency medical technicians and paramedics work long hours in a demanding occupation with an unpredictable workload, which can easily lead to fatigue and poor sleep," said lead author P. Daniel Patterson, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "Our study is one of the first to show that this may jeopardize patient and provider safety in the EMS setting."