EMS-EPC

The University of Pittsburgh EMS Evidence-Based Practice Center (EMS-EPC)

About EMS-EPC:

The Pittsburgh EMS Evidence-Based Practice Center is located in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  The EMS-EPC was established to aid the decision-making of EMS medical directors, administrators and EMS professionals.

What We Do:

The faculty and staff of the EMS-EPC perform systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the evidence germane to the clinical practice and operations of prehospital emergency care.

People:

The EMS-EPC is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of investigators with expertise in emergency medicine, prehospital emergency care, clinical research, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, library sciences, and more.

Dr. P. Daniel Patterson (pattersonpd@upmc.edu) and Dr. Christian Martin-Gill (martingillc2@upmc.edu) are the EMS-EPC'S Co-Directors.

Key staff includes project coordinators and research technicians in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine; faculty and staff affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System; students and faculty affiliated with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Emergency Medicine Program; students and faculty affiliated with the Graduate School of Public Health; and medical students and physician residents affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Current Projects:

PICO#1: Clinically Related Research Question [PROSPERO# ###########]

PICO#2: Operations Related Research Question [PROSPERO# ##########]

Completed Projects:

Patterson PD, Higgins JS, Weiss PM, Lang ES, Martin-Gill C. Systematic review methodology for the Fatigue in Emergency Medical Services Project. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):000-000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 9/12/17 - IN PRESS

Patterson PD, Weaver MD, Fabio A, Teasley EM, Renn, ML, Curtis BR, Matthews ME, Kroemer AJ, Xun X, Bizhanova Z, Weiss PM, Sequeira DJ, Coppler PJ, Lang ES, Higgins JS. Reliability and validity of survey instruments to measure work-related fatigue in the Emegency Medical Services setting: A systematic review. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):0000-0000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 8/28/17 - IN PRESS

Patterson PD, Runyon MS, Higgins JS, Weaver MD, Teasley EM, Kroemer AJ, Matthews ME, Curtis BR, Flickinger KL, Xun X, Bizhanova Z, Weiss PM, Condle JP, Renn ML, Sequeira DJ, Coppler PJ, Lang ES, Martin-Gill C. Shorter versus longer shift duration to mitigate fatigue and fatigue related risks in Emergency Medical Services: A systematic review. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):0000-0000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 9/1/17 - IN PRESS

Temple JL, Hostler D, Martin-Gill C, Moore CG, Weiss PM, Sequeira DJ, Condle JP, Lang ES, Higgins JS, Patterson PD. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of caffeine in fatigued shift workers: Implications for Emergency Medical Services personnel. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):0000-0000. STATUS ACCEPTED 9/18/17 - IN PRESS

Martin-Gill C, Barger LK, Moore CG, Higgins JS, Teasley EM, Weiss PM, Condle JP, Flickinger KL, Coppler PJ, Sequeira DJ, Divecha AA, Matthews ME, Lang ES, Patterson PD. Effects of napping during work on sleepiness and performance in Emergency Medical Services personnel and similar shift workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):0000-0000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 8/31/17 - IN PRESS

Barger LK, Runyon MS, Renn ML, Moore CG, Weiss PM, Condle JP, Flickinger KL, Divecha AA, Coppler PJ, Sequeira DJ, Lang ES, Higgins JS, Patterson PD. Effect of fatigue training on safety, fatigue, and sleep in Emergency Medical Services personnel and other shift workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):0000-0000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 7/25/17 - IN PRESS

James FO, Waggoner LB, Weiss PM, Patterson PD, Higgins JS, Lang ES, Van Dongen HPA. Does implementation of biomathematical models mitigate fatigue and fatigue related risks in Emergency Medical Services operations? A systematic review. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):0000-0000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 9/20/17 - IN PRESS

Studnek JR, Infinger A, Renn ML, Weiss PM, Condle JP, Flickinger KL, Kroemer AJ, Curtis BR, Xun X, Divecha AA, Coppler PJ, Bizhanova Z, Sequeira DJ, Lang ES, Higgins JS, Patterson PD. Effect of task load interventions on fatigue in Emergency Medical Services personnel and other shift workers: A systematic review. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):0000-0000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 9/22/17 - IN PRESS

Patterson PD, Higgins JS, Van Dongen HPA, Buysse DJ, Thackery RW, Kupas DF, Becker DS, Dean BE, Lindbeck GH, Guyette FX, Penner JH, Violanti JM, Martin-Gill C. Evidence-based guidelines for faigue risk management in Emergency Medical Services. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):0000-0000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 9/1/17 - IN PRESS.

Martin-Gill C, Higgins JS, Van Dongen HPA, Buysse DJ, Thackery RW, Kupas DF, Becker DS, Dean BE, Lindbeck GH, Guyette FX, Penner JH, Violanti JM, Lang ES, Patterson PD. Proposed Performance Measures and Strategies for Implementation of the Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;00(00):000-000. STATUS - ACCEPTED 9/14/17 - IN PRESS

Patterson PD, Higgins J, Lang E, Runyon M, Barger L, Studnek J, Moore C, Robinson K, Gainor D, Weiss P, Infinger A, Sequeira D, Martin-Gill C. Evidence-based guidelines for fatigue risk management in EMS: Formulating research questions and selecting outcomes. Prehosp Emerg Care 2017;21(2):149-156.

Martin-Gill C, Gaither JB, Bigham BL, Meyers JB, Kupas DF, Spaite DW. National Prehospital Evidence-Based Guidelines Strategy: A summary for EMS stakeholders. Prehosp Emerg Care 2016;20(2):175-183.