Fatigue and burnout are major potential dangers for firefighters, and measuring impairment from fatigue or other sources could make a significant contribution to firefighter safety. The DRUID® app objectively measures cognitive and psychomotor impairment in under 3 minutes. The app takes several hundred measurements of critical neurophysiological indicators: reaction time, accurate decision-making, time estimation, and balance, and then integrates the data into a single impairment score. This lecture will first describe the research foundation for the development of DRUID® impairment measurement app. The research validating the accuracy of DRUID® app, conducted at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute and at multiple Police Academies will then be presented. DRUID® is currently being used for workplace safety testing in a large mining operation in Canada. The DRUID® app will be demonstrated. Participants will get the most out of the talk if they download and practice the app prior to the talk. DRUID® is available in the App Store and Google Play for free download.
The participant will understand the limitations of current impairment testing and how these limitations can contribute to accidents and death.
The participant will use the DRUID app and observe their own level of cognitive-motor functioning (e.g., reaction time, hand-eye coordination and balance).
The participant will have their impressions of DRUID tested in a discussion of the usefulness of the DRUID app for firefighter safety.