apnea

Study shows higher crash rate for truckers with untreated sleep apnea

As U.S. officials sharpen focus on truckers with obstructive sleep apnea, new research indicates the rate of preventable crashes for truckers with untreated obstructive sleep apnea was five times higher than those without the condition.

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Sleep apnea ‘pre-rule’ officially published, comment period for owner-operators opens

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comment on the rule about the costs and benefits of requiring drivers with obstructive sleep apnea to undergo evaluation and treatment by a doctor.

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FMCSA announces sleep apnea ‘pre-rule,’ wants feedback from carriers, drivers on apnea prevalance

The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calls the request for feedback the “first step” in a potential sleep apnea rule for the trucking industry. Here are the topics the agency wants input on from trucking industry stakeholders.

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Sleep apnea data collection ‘pre-rule’ moves forward, set for publication

The data request is intended to not only gauge the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among truck operators, but also to get feedback from the industry about how a sleep apnea rule could affect truckers and the industry at large.

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Potential trucker sleep apnea rulemaking takes step forward

A data collection effort by the U.S. DOT intended to gauge how many truck operators have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has taken a step forward in the federal rulemaking process and could be published by year’s end.

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Apnea clarification unlikely in short term to remedy the condition’s growing importance in medical certifications

Though FMCSA says it will send a bulletin to medical examiners to clarify its guidelines on screening drivers for sleep apnea, it's unlikely medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term driver medical certifications contingent on apnea testing will be affected.

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Driver sleep apnea screening: FMCSA to issue clarification to medical examiners

Medical examiners in FMCSA’s registry will soon be receiving a bulletin from the agency to clarify current federal rules — or lack thereof — regarding screening and testing drivers for sleep apnea.

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Sleep apnea and conditional medical certification being fought on new fronts

In an attempt to solve the problem of medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term conditional certifications — if any certification at all — pending results of a sleep study, NASTC has started offering both member and non-member carriers and drivers a sleep apnea screening and testing program that puts the process in the driver's hands.

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Steve Allington: The ‘passionate’ kind of owner-operator

Allington's passion extends through his owner-operator career to his work with the metal band Apnea.

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POLL: Has your most recent DOT physical resulted in a sleep apnea test?

With no official regulation or guidance on testing for the sleep apnea condition in the rulebooks, practices vary around the nation -- some say apnea testing is on the rise. Tell us your recent med cert experience in this poll.

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