Transportation


Commercial driving is a hazardous occupation. The trucking industry has the third highest occupational fatality rate (12% of all occupation-related deaths) in the United States. About two-thirds of fatally injured truck workers were involved in highway crashes. According to a July 2002 study released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 28.1% of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders have mild, moderate or severe sleep apnea.

Trucking owners and drivers often find themselves in a catch-22. If a driver seeks treatment for sleep apnea, they may find themselves out of work until they can proove they are compliant with C-PAP therapy. However, if a driver does not seek treatment after a positive sleep study, they will be at an increased risk for accidents and, consequently, may never drive again. The owner of the trucks assume liability for their drivers; their goal: a healthy and alert employee.

The convenience of home sleep testing solves both of these issues. It reduces the impact of lost time on the job by allowing the driver to take the study in the comfort of his own home (or truck), and it alerts doctors to any possible sleep problems the driver may be having - thus ensuring quick diagnosis and treatment options.

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