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Entries in truck driver (4)


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...

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Sleep Apnea and the Professional Driver (VIDEO)

The following video explains sleep apnea in general, the steps of a sleep study, and particularly explains the relationship between sleep apnea and professional drivers. More and more attention is being brought to the professional driver industry and sleep apnea. Laws are being passed to encourage testing and compliance. This video is made by Novartis and promotes their Down Shift program for professional drivers, but we thought it appropriate for our patients as well...

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Professional Drivers and Sleep Apnea

More on professional drivers and sleep apnea.


The National Transportation Safety Board on Sept. 28 determined that driver fatigue stemming from sleep loss, circadian disruption and sleep apnea were at fault in its investigation of a highly publicized multi-vehicle accident in June 2009 involving a tractor-trailer that killed 10 people near Miami, Okla.

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Woman in fatal I-44 pileup seeks rule changes

Check out this article from NewsOK - The Oklahoman.


The lethal combination of Creed's acute sleep loss, shift work schedule and mild sleep apnea is the reason Synthia Tate wants to see some changes with the truck driving industry.

"He (Creed) shouldn't have been on the road for 10 hours,” Tate said.

The federal board approved several recommendations, but Tate wants more restrictions, including a cap on how long a driver can be on the road. Drivers shouldn't be on the road past an eight-hour day, she said.

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