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EMS fatigue linked to injuries, errors

(UPI) Lack of sleep and poor sleep in emergency medical services workers are linked to increased injuries, medical errors and riskier behaviors, U.S. researchers say…
A questionnaire measuring fatigue and adapted for the EMS environment was used to assess physical and mental fatigue. The researchers also developed a new 44-item survey tool to elicit self-reported safety outcomes data, including provider injury, medical errors or adverse events and safety-compromising behaviors, such as excessive speeding.
The study … found more than half of the respondents were classified as fatigued; 18 percent reported an injury; 41 percent reported a medical error or adverse event; and 90 percent reported a safety-compromising behavior.
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