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A quick and easy way to assess your sleep health is to use the RU-SATED tool developed by Dr. Daniel J. Buysse of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. The tool is comprised of 6 questions and three responses for each question. The scoring ranges from 0 to 12. Scores that are closer to 0 would suggest a poorer sleep health status whereas scores closer to 12 would indicate a more positive or good sleep health status. EMS clinicians and other first responders may consider using this tool to help monitor their sleep health and to evaluate if actions taken to mitigate poor sleep or fatigue are helpful over time.

Impact of shift duration on alertness among air-medical emergency care clinician shift workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2019) Funding provided by MedEvac Foundation International

Concluded: Deficits in performance in the air-medical setting may be greatest during night shifts and proximal to waking from an intra-shift nap. Future research should examine alertness and performance throughout air-medical shifts, as well as investigate the timing and duration of intra-shift naps on outcomes.

Reliability and Validity of Survey Instruments to Measure Work-Related Fatigue in the Emergency Medical Services Setting: A Systematic Review, © Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care (2018): DOI: 10.1080/10903127.2017.1376134

which concluded: “In this systematic review, limited evidence of the reliability and validity of 14 different survey instruments to assess the fatigue and/or sleepiness status of EMS personnel and related shift worker groups was identified.”

Real-Time Fatigue Mitigation with Air-Medical Personnel: The SleepTrackTXT2 Randomized Trial, © Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care (2018), DOI: 10.1080/10903127.2018.1532476

which concluded: “…a positive short-term impact on self-rated fatigue during 12-hour shifts, but did not impact longer duration shifts or have a longer-term impact on sleep quality among air-medical EMS clinicians.”