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and AMPA to evaluate and mitigate the from sleeping (beyond a short nap) while velopment of a national database of EMS
pressure problem in a very direct manner. on duty. What may not be as well known helipads. This database will provide cur-
Support for this initiative has come from is that NEMSPA, working very closely rent static helipad data, such as pictorial
all corners of the industry, including HAI with sleep and fatigue expert Dr. Mark information, size, location, and communi-
(Helicopter Association International), Rosekind, diverted that premature action cations information. It will also allow pilot
AMOA (Air Medical Operators Associa- toward a more scientific evaluation of the input of temporary hazards (NOTAMS),
tion) and ACCT (Association of Critical effects of fatigue on 24/7 air medical such as cranes, hazardous debris, etc.
Care Transport). The second phase of this crewmembers. The resulting white paper,
project was launched at a well-attended re- which addresses the benefits of obtaining
Landing Zone Guidelines
treat in Salt Lake City in January of 2010. sleep when possible during night shifts, NEMSPA publishes a widely used LZ
The objective is to conduct a nationwide can be found at www.nemspa.org. Guidelines booklet. The information con-
survey at the level of air medical provider NEMSPA is continuing to work actively tained in the NEMSPA booklet has been
programs with the intent of identifying with Dr. Rosekind, a world recognized ex- incorporated into the Airman’s Informa-
specific pressures and to provide individ- pert in sleep and fatigue management, to tion Manual.
ual programs with a cultural health assess- applying the Z-Coach alert management
ment. Bottom line result: program training program to EMS operations.
Helipad
directors will know where the weak areas NEMSPA conducted a fatigue survey
Warning Signs
are within your particular culture and will among nearly 600 pilots in 2008. It is ex- NEMSPA re-
then be able to make improvements using pected that the results of that study will cently announced
recommended mitigations. be published in the Air Medical Journal a helipad warning
sometime in 2010. sign that meets FAA requirements and is
Fatigue And Alert Management
OSHA and ANSI compliant. Hospitals
Most EMS pilots are aware that there
National Helipad Database
and operators can purchase these signs,
was a movement in 2008 that would have NEMSPA is currently working with which may be produced with their own
resulted in EMS pilots being prohibited ASN (Aviation Safety Network) in the de- logo, directly from www.nemspa.org.

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