Tired rescue workers snoozing in ambulance
Long workdays for ambulance personnel are presenting a growing problem, according to Dagens Medicin. The ombudsman with the Swedish Association of Health Professionals, David Liljequist, says staff members have been known to catch a snooze while a patient is being taken to the hospital.
Generally, ambulance staff have a 24-hour-long workday. But as the number of emergency calls rises, especially in big cities, rescue workers have fewer opportunities to rest during their shifts.
Lack of sleep can result in emergency workers paying less attention, according to graduate research by ambulance nurse Beatrice Zsoka.