The EMS Agency Research Network

The EMS Agency Research Network was a 5-year research project led by Dr. P. Daniel Patterson at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine with funding and support from the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research (http://clirems.org/) and Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation (www.PEMF.net). The project period was from 2010 to 2014. During this time, more than 65 EMS organizations participated in a variety of research studies that addressed patient adverse events, safety culture, fatigue and sleep, teamwork, and employee turnover. A team of investigators led by Dr. Patterson issued more than 200 comparative reports and summary briefs to participating EMS organizations. Data from EMSARN research projects have been published in 11 peer-reviewed manuscripts and two book chapters. Our team also produced 31 podcasts.


Safety of patients and EMS clinicians should be the highest priority!


The purpose of this website is to provide a repository and link to information and research related to EMSARN projects completed during the 5-year project period. This site will also be used to advertise other studies involving EMSARN investigators and the EMSARN network.

Current Work

Observational and experimental research studies testing novel fatigue risk management interventions in air-medical and ground-based EMS organizations.