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dc.contributor.advisorSheryl Bishopen_US
dc.creatorSean Andrew Hollonbecken_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-20T16:05:19Z
dc.date.available2008-06-17en_US
dc.date.available2011-12-20T16:05:19Z
dc.date.created2007-09-03en_US
dc.date.issued2007-09-04en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-09032007-233938en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152.3/224
dc.description.abstractThe emphasis of this paper has been to educate disaster leaders on fatigue and fatigue management. The need for sleep is real, inescapable and often misunderstood. The impact of fatigue on performance is greatly magnified when individuals have to operate under conditions of high emotional, psychological or physiological stress – all inherent conditions for disaster response teams. Fatigue can clearly increase the risk of fatalities and injuries. Fatigue in disaster relief workers is an unstudied and critical safety issue in the complex process of disaster management and relief. This paper is designed for leaders in disaster agencies and management as guide to understanding the problem of fatigue in the austere uncontrolled chaos of a disaster event and to be able to implement effective scientific countermeasures to ensure mission success. \r\nThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that the incidence of fatigue is underestimated in virtually every transportation mode, because it is so hard to quantify and measure. Many accident investigations do not obtain the information necessary to determine the contribution of fatigue; namely, the condition of the workers, the extent to which they have been deprived of sleep, and their state of alertness. \r\nThis report will show through studied “best practices” in areas of industry (the military, medicine, the transportation industry and aviation) that the un-researched hazard of fatigue during disasters exists and more importantly by comparing and review these other areas the reader will be prepared address the challenge of severe decrements in cognitive and physical performance caused by fatigue. The outcome is to educate disaster relief leaders about fatigue, human fatigue physiology, the risks and hazards of fatigue as well as countermeasures to fatigue. Then armed with this new knowledge disaster leaders will be empowered to make effective decisions and establish policy and doctrine with a resulting positive impact on disaster relief safety.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the TDL web site by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.subjectsleepen_US
dc.subjectfatigueen_US
dc.subjectdisaster preparednessen_US
dc.subjectcountermeasuresen_US
dc.subjectalertnessen_US
dc.titleDisaster relief: Fatugue and countermeasuresen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreprojecten_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Public Healthen_US
thesis.degree.levelMasteren_US
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas Medical Branchen_US
thesis.degree.departmentPreventive Medicine and Community Healthen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRichard Jenningsen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberC. Joan Richardsonen_US


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