Suva Technology Helps Reveal Fatigue in Emergency Room Health Workers

Suva’s mobile EEG software is at the leading edge of research on fatigue in a wide variety of settings. One recent example is a study conducted by members of the University of Victoria’s Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience Lab, which used our technology to investigate levels of cognitive fatigue among emergency room doctors and nurses at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital.

The study demonstrated that the average cognitive function among the health workers in this important setting was comparable to that of people who have been consuming alcohol. It also clearly shows that cognitive function consistently declines over the course of a shift, which highlights the importance of limiting shift length.

Another important finding of the study is that the health care workers in the study were unable to accurately assess their own fatigue levels. Like people across all walks of life, health care workers simply don’t know how tired they are at any given moment. The need for a technological solution that can reliably measure cognitive fatigue is clear.

One of the many benefits of Suva’s EEG analysis technology is that it can be used as a research tool to help health authorities (and any other type of organization) determine what limits should be placed on shift lengths in the interest of safety and efficiency. Our flagship application Aspire, which is specifically designed to measure cognitive function with a simple, 4-minute test, can also be used as an ongoing evaluation tool that can alert workers to emerging fatigue issues before they become a major problem.

To learn more about how Suva technology can help assess cognitive fatigue in almost any environment, contact us!

You are also welcome to download your own PDF copy of this study.

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