A culture of safety requires that you ingrain safe behaviors so that they become habits. You are not truly safe if you do not engage in safe behaviors 24/7.
It is common knowledge that EMS is a dangerous profession. Recent work from the joint efforts of the CDC and NIOSH published last July offers insight you may find surprising.
Sustained performance as it may be affected by degraded levels of alertness, drowsiness and fatigue.
Strategies the may help prevent EMS burnout and depression.
NHTSA has an Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). It has the following Mission Statement: “To reduce death and disability by providing leadership and coordination to the EMS community in assessing, planning, developing and promoting comprehensive, evidence-based emergency medical services and 911 systems.”
Organizational and environmental factors that play important roles in preventing or mitigating worker fatigue and offer guidelines for sustaining EMS provider on-the-job alertness.
In order to transport children safely we rely on specialized equipment.
A formal EAP is structured to help employees with personal and/or work-related problems that impact job performance, health, and mental/emotional well-being.
The most common causes for leaving EMS: burnout, which occurs when idealistic professionals work hard, but were not given adequate resources to do their jobs well.
It is common knowledge that 70% of fatal ambulance crashes occur with lights and siren activation.