Oct 31, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
Fatigue continues to be a widespread problem for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. Both mental and physical fatigue can affect EMS personnel, due to the intensity of the job and working shifts, which we know disrupts normal patterns of sleep and circadian rhythms. Studies have found significantly higher levels of fatigue and mental health issues amongst paramedics, as well as significantly poorer sleep quality compared to other industries.
Near misses and accidents involving EMS personnel, where fatigue was a contributing factor, continue to occur. Earlier this year, an Emergency Medical Technician in the USA was killed when the technician driving the ambulance fell asleep at the wheel, colliding into another vehicle.
Evidence-based Guidelines for Fatigue Risk Management in EMS were recently published in the Prehospital Emergency Care journal recommend:
Oct 17, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
A lot of us have been fatigued behind the wheel and battled to keep our focus on the road. We've relied on the usual tactics to try to keep ourselves awake including winding the windows down and belting out our best rendition of Madonna as it's blaring through the speakers (ok, maybe just some of us!). Nodding off, or experiencing microsleeps, is really the worst case scenario. But being fatigued while driving can be enough to impair you alone, without actually experiencing a microsleep.
Someone who is fatigued will often experience slower reaction times, reduced ability to concentrate and delays in interpreting information. Driving in this state could easily result in a traffic incident or accident.
The human body will naturally cycle through intervals of sleepiness and alertness, better known as the circadian rhythm. The window of circadian low (WOCL)
is a period between
To avoid driver fatigue, we recommend to:
Aug 28, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
The national defence research agency of Singapore, DSO National Laboratories (DSO) have been busy developing a driver fatigue system. The system monitors
fatigue by using an eye tracker and EEG (Electroencephalography) to detect sleep spindles - the sudden bursts of oscillatory brain activity that occurs
when you are sleepy. It intervenes 10 minutes before a driver falls asleep by vibrating on the zygomatic area of the head, which has a direct connection
to the part of the brain that wakes one up.
The technology was developed to help keep defence personnel safe when driving long distances in training. However, it can also be applied in other 24-hour industries.
Frederick Tey, Program Manager from the DSO National Laboratories “A lot of times we think that we can probably try and go that extra mile, but the moment
you go into microsleep, that very split second, you could end up in an accident”. For more on the work from Frederick Tey, click here.
Aug 01, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
Integrated Safety Support is excited to announce the launch of our new app – FatigueSafe!
The FatigueSafe App is designed to be a rapid personal self-check tool that simply walks people through a series of six questions related to sleep and fatigue. The questions relate to recent sleep quality & quantity, the presence of physical & mental signs of fatigue, and (probably most importantly) if the person feels fit to work, drive, etc. It is designed to complement (not replace) other layers of any Fatigue Management system.
It takes about one minute to complete a test, and the person is given a Green, Amber or Red outcome and any instructions for further action. The primary aim of the current version is to quickly provide a valuable self-reflection to inform the individual about their decisions related to commuting, driving, taking breaks, talking to a supervisor/manager, etc.
Our future outlook for the app is to create a Corporate version, where we would work with those clients who are interested in a more in-depth and customised version of the app. If that is of interest, or you’d like to find out more about the FatigueSafe App, please just let us know anytime, by email FatigueSafe@integratedsafety.com.au or by telephone +61 1300 98 57 58
Mar 28, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
By now, most of us have either moved in or out of daylight saving time (DST). For us here in Melbourne Australia, it signals the rapid decline into cold and dark winter, making us slightly jealous of our friends in the northern hemisphere! However, we’ve been doing some interesting reading about moving into DST, that has made the thought of rugging up that little bit easier!
According to research:
Not all is bleak when it comes to DST! Research has found that criminal activity such as robberies decreases by 7% following the shift to DST.
Mar 21, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
The Formula 1 is a race of skill, stamina and endurance, where drivers are behind the wheel of a race car for hours at a time with massive forces working against their bodies. Drivers are susceptible to both physical and mental fatigue, and like most athletes, require adequate levels of sleep, nutrition and recovery to manage their fatigue.
These elements are a great way to help manage fatigue and are not just exclusively for athletes. Smith states that it is essential to completely unwind and get a proper mental and physical break. And for those crossing time zones like the Formula 1 teams, ensuring that you have adequate travel time before race day is essential, to be able to acclimatise to time zones and the environment.
Feb 16, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
Energy drinks – there’s no doubt that consuming them will make you feel more awake and alert in the short term, but no amount of added vitamins or supplements are going to turn them into a healthy option for boosting energy levels. Laden with high amounts of caffeine and sugar, these drinks certainly wreak havoc with your sleep.
Consumption of energy drinks can lead to:
A study conducted with college students showed that consuming 3 or more energy drinks per week increased daytime dysfunction due to sleep loss, decreased sleep duration and increased the use of sleep medication amongst the students.
Although many energy drinks contain similar amounts of caffeine per 250ml as a cup of coffee, many of these drinks are sold in larger servings and therefore
have higher amounts of caffeine. In addition, a standard energy drink generally contains more sugar than the recommended 25 grams per day!