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Friday
Apr202012

FMCSA Seeks Adoption of Rules for Sleep Apnea Testing

In what will sure to be a continued heated debate, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pushing to adopt new guidelines recommended by medical advisory boards for the testing and treatment of Sleep Apnea for certified drivers. 

Recommendations include:

  • BMI of 35 or greater and an Apnea Hypopnea Index or AHI of 20 or more (moderate to severe sleep apnea) as being triggers for testing and treatment
  • Treatment to be considered the use of CPAP or other PAP device.  There is no current recommendation for dental appliances or alternative treatments.
  • Drivers would be immediately disqualified or denied certification if they admit to excessive daytime sleepiness while driving; experienced a crash associated with falling asleep or have been non-compliant with PAP treatment.

According to TheTrucker.com,

The processes for guidance and rulemaking are “complimentary but on separate tracks,” explained spokesperson Candice Tolliver Burns. A timeline for an apnea rule was not given, although the recommendations currently are “under agency review,” Burns said.


Here at TheCPAPPeople.com, we are trying to make the experience for certified drivers a little easier including home sleep testing and the sale of CPAP supplies.  A home sleep test costs only a fraction of standard lab test and can be performed in the privacy of the home or even on the road.   For owner-operators who may not have insurance, or limited insurance, we offer a complete selection of self-pay options for CPAP machines, CPAP masks, and comfort items that can help with compliance.  We even have options for special power concerns and in-truck use.

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Get tested.  Get CPAP.  Feel better and perform better.

 

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