• Investigating Night Shift and Fatigue

    Impacts of double night shifts on fatigue

  • Introduction

    Paramedics are often expected to work a wide range of shift patterns that can involve multiple night shifts, especially when performing overtime. This demand, over long periods of time, has the risk of having a serious impact on the levels of fatigue and well-being in paramedics and runs the risk of paramedics making serious clinical errors due to fatigue. The effects of fatigue on paramedics have been well documented, but not in the context of how consecutive nightshifts can impact this. 

    The Aim

    Our aim is to better understand the complex relationship between night shifts and paramedic fatigue. In achieving this, the hope is that a better roster structure can be developed that will mitigate fatigue, improve overall well-being and reduce the likelihood of fatigue-induced clinical mistakes. This research involves three questionnaire style surveys that over the two week study period take up no more than an hour total. 

    Why is this Important?

    Paramedic fatigue research is limited in regard to the negative impacts that consecutive night shifts can have on fatigue and well-being. This study will be analysing this specific area to determine whether two consecutive nightshifts has a significant impact on fatigue. We will also be looking at whether well-being is impacted by consecutive night shifts.  

    Further Information?

    This research is being conducted completely online, to take part follow the link

    https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etwDKGb68TKaFVk?Q_CHL=qr 
     
    The research study has approval from Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee: Project ID: 33356 Review Reference: 2022-33356-81577

     

    For further details, please contact Honours Student Researcher: Ekaterina Puzanova, Email: Epuz0001@student.monash.edu
     

     

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