The National Fatigue Study

More than half of all EMS clinicians report severe mental and physical fatigue while at work. Prior research and reports in the media show a link between EMS clinician sleepiness and fatigue with medical error, adverse events, and injury. Despite previous research, we have a less than optimal understanding of fatigue in EMS, how prevalent it is in different EMS operations, and what factors may be associated with fatigued clinicians. To improve conditions for EMS clinicians and their patients, we must undertake multiple studies of fatigue in the EMS workplace.