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Public Comment Opportunity Available on EMS Fatigue Project

Jan 18, 2016

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) recently finalized a contract with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Behavioral Safety Research to help address the growing concern for the sleep health and fatigue of emergency medical services (EMS) clinicians and the impact of fatigued workers on crew and patient safety. Dr. Daniel Patterson, NRP of the Carolinas Health System will serve as the Principal Investigator. NHTSA will officially announce the initiative and accept comments from the public about the development of voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines and resources tailored to the EMS occupation at a national stakeholder meeting on February 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. Brief presentations will address the potential dangers of drowsy and fatigued driving and the work of EMS practitioners, including the risk of traffic crashes and providing patient care, a summary of the project goals and methods for coming to consensus on EBG fatigue risk management guidelines, the plan for dissemination of EBGs, and additional project related activities and information. A majority of the time in the meeting will be set aside to accept questions and comments from registered attendees. This is to ensure that the voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines will address the needs of the entire and diverse EMS community. Individuals and organizations can provide electronic comments via http://www.regulations.gov Docket No. NHTSA-2015-0121 or pursuant to the instructions included in the Federal Register Notice. Click here to register for the meeting by including your name and organization and whether or not you wish to submit verbal or written comments.