Survey: How is fatigue impacting EMS providers?

Take a few minutes to provide insight into fatigue symptoms, sleep disorders and mitigation strategies


To better understand EMS provider and leadership perceptions on the impact of fatigue on the EMS workforce, EMS1 and the American Ambulance Association are surveying EMS providers, supervisors and senior leadership about fatigue symptoms, sleep disorders and mitigation strategies. Please take a few moments to complete the survey below and pass it along to your colleagues. We will share the results and discuss in a future webinar. Thank you for your participation.

Fatigue impairs attentiveness, reaction time and decision making, all crucial to emergency response – and patient and provider safety. A lack of quality sleep can lead to vehicle collisions, medical errors or an inattention to scene safety, all of which could lead to serious consequences, even death. Complete the fatigue survey at the end of this article.

Chronic sleep disorders and deprivation, moreover, can have serious long-term effects on mental and physical health, and have a strong association with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease, stroke, depression, anxiety and PTSD.

But are EMS agencies addressing provider’s concerns when it comes to fatigue management?

According to the 2020 EMS Trend Report, there is a striking difference in responses between how EMS management and field personnel perceive their organization’s fatigue management efforts. Over half (52%) of managers agree or strongly agree with the statement “my organization is taking steps to address clinician fatigue,” while 56% of field providers disagree or strongly disagree with the statement.

Looking across agencies, the percent of all respondents who agree or strongly agree their organization is addressing clinician fatigue declined from 40% in 2018 to 31% in 2020.

To better understand EMS provider and leadership perceptions on the impact of fatigue on the EMS workforce, EMS1 and the American Ambulance Association are surveying EMS providers, supervisors and senior leadership about fatigue symptoms, sleep disorders and mitigation strategies.  

Please take a few moments to complete the survey below and pass it along to your colleagues. We will share the results and discuss in a future webinar. Thank you for your participation.

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