The effect of shift length on fatigue and cognitive performance in air medical providers.

@article{Guyette2013TheEO,
  title={The effect of shift length on fatigue and cognitive performance in air medical providers.},
  author={Francis Xavier Guyette and Julia L Morley and Matthew D Weaver and P Daniel Patterson and David P Hostler},
  journal={Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors},
  year={2013},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={
          23-8
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To employ a battery of previously validated surveys and neuropsychological tests to compare changes in fatigue and cognitive abilities of air medical providers after 12- and 24-hour shifts. METHODS A convenience sample of 34 flight nurses and flight paramedics employed by one air medical service completed the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the Chalder Fatigue Questionnaire (CFQ) to determine fatigue before and after 12-hour (n = 16) and 24-hour (n = 19) shifts. A battery… CONTINUE READING
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