Quick Clip: Should EMS end 24-hour shifts?

This segment tackles the pros and cons of working 24-hour shifts in EMS, and whether the industry should do away with them. What do you think? Sound off in the comment section below

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In this week’s Inside EMS podcast quick clip, host Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson tackle the pros and cons of 24-hour shifts, and whether they should be eliminated.

The discussion stems from a story about a Ky. ambulance that struck three boys riding their bikes in a median. One boy died.

“I thought, well, man I hope another EMT didn’t doze off at the wheel and hit these kids,” Grayson said.

Cebollero notes that 24-hour-shifts are a staple, but also points out that there are challenges when it comes to delivering patient care when EMTs have been awake for so long, especially when there’s a high call volume.

“I don’t really know if they have a place in our career field,” Cebollero said.

Grayson agreed, saying the issue goes beyond concerns related to driving.

“There’s a definite link,” he said, “between fatigue, lack of sleep, and increased medical errors.”

Listen to the full episode: Inside EMS Podcast: Can community paramedicine save major EMS agencies?

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Inside EMS, a podcast series that features hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson, brings expert perspective to hot topics, clinical issues, operational and leadership lessons to EMS personnel and leaders to be safe and successful.

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