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University of Pittsburgh Study Links Lack of Sleep to EMS Injuries

Fatigue and lack of restful sleep are linked to higher reported rates of injuries, medical errors and behavior that compromises the safety of emergency medical services workers, according to a study announced on Thursday by the University of Pittsburgh.

In the survey sample, 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 safety-compromising behavior.

The researchers found the odds of injury were 1.9 times greater for fatigued respondents versus their non-fatigued peers; the odds of medical errors or adverse events were 2.2 times greater; and the odds of safety-compromising behavior were 3.6 times greater.