AAMS Applauds Dr. Rosekind Nomination to NTSB


| Monday, October 5, 2009

Alexandria, VA - The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) today applauded the White House for nominating Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., an expert on fatigue and its effects on productivity and safe flight operations, to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The nomination was announced on Sept. 30.

Dr. Rosekind, who has gained international recognition for translating sleep and circadian (body clock) science into practical, effective strategies that enhance performance, safety and health, will provide an Oct. 27 keynote address at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in San Jose, Calif. He currently serves as president and chief scientist of California-based Alertness Solutions. If confirmed, his term would expire Dec. 31, 2014.

A former director of the NASA Fatigue Countermeasures Program, Dr. Rosekind has more than 25 years' experience in conducting scientific research in aviation, the military, healthcare and energy.

"We would like to congratulate Dr. Rosekind on his nomination to the NTSB," said AAMS President Sandra Kinkade. "Over the course of his career, he has made many valuable contributions to counter pilot fatigue in aviation, and we look forward to hearing his shared insights during his AMTC keynote address."

AMTC is an internationally recognized educational conference and trade show that provides emergency medical transport professionals a venue to exchange information on the latest advances in air-medical transport.

Other safety-related offerings at AMTC include Applying Aviation Tools to Ground Transport (228); The Patient First, Safety Always (136); Fatigue: Turning Sweet Dreams Into Nightmares (147); Cooperation for Safety (209); The Great Debate-Resolved: Medical Crews Should Adhere to the Same Duty Times as Pilots; Time Out: Utilizing a Fatigue Risk Assessment (224a); The Unforeseen Enemy: Wake Turbulence (234); Distractions in Dispatch (235); Integrating a Safety Management System into Air and Ground EMS (238); Air Medical Accidents: A Different Perspective (314); Assessing the Risk of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (323); EMS Flight Safety: Individual Actions for Collective Change (332); and Protecting Us From Ourselves: Aviation Human Factors (349). Scientific Assembly exhibit hall research presentations that focus on fatigue include Assessment of Cognitive Fatigue in Air Medical Providers and The Effect of Sleep Inertia on EMS Pilot Performance.

AMTC is a one-stop shop for access to representatives from myriad key aviation and health-care-related organizations. Organizers include AAMS, the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association, the Air Medical Physician Association, the International Association of Flight Paramedics, the National Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists, and the National EMS Pilots Association. Members of the media can pre-register for AMTC online at http://www.aams.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Media_Roomor onsite at Booth 1801. For conference details, see www.aams.org/Content/NavigationMenu/EducationMeetings/AMTC2009/default.htm.

About AAMS - The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is the only international trade association serving the entire air and ground medical transport community. AAMS strives to enhance the medical transport industry by promoting the highest level of industry safety; promoting quality patient care; inspiring commitment to the industry's work, causes, and viability; and providing superior service to its members. For additional information, visit the AAMS' web site at www.aams.org.

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