Course DescriptionFatigue, Sleep & Medications (FSM)
This one-day seminar will assist attendees in understanding how medications, sleep patterns / disorders decrease situational awareness. Basic information on the sleep and fatigue will be discussed. Participants will review the effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications on piloting performance and fatigue. Additionally, positive and negative utilization of caffeine / energy drinks as a stimulant will be discussed.
Suggested Courses/Skills- None.
- Discuss pertinent NTSB accident findings leading to M-97-41, 44, & 45.
- Appreciate how the use of "over-the-counter," and herbal medication(s) are addressed in the new Coast Guard medical standards (NVIC 04-08).
- Understand circadian rhythms & relationship to work schedules.
- List the five normal sleep stages.
- Appreciate concept of ‘sleep debt.’
- List at least three types of sleep problems and their possible effects on safety.
- Appreciate the need to effectively communicate with their health care provider(s) and/or pharmacist.
- Use either the federal or State regulation references regarding schedules of Controlled Substances.
- Discuss with their health care provider or pharmacist the possible effects of those medications on their ability to pilot a vessel.
- Use standard patient information, package inserts or other reference materials, discuss with their health care provider or pharmacist the possible effects of prescribed (other than Controlled Substances) medications, over-the-counter, or herbal supplements on their ability to pilot a vessel.
- Understand at least three potential effects of medications and herbal supplements on sleep and alertness.
- Develop at least four personal fatigue countermeasures.
- Evaluate the use of caffeine / energy drinks as an alertness tool.