Commercial Driver Sleep Testing Program
Truth About Sleep
You need it. The question is, “are your drivers getting enough?”
Due to an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents related to sleepiness and fatigue, there is growing evidence to support the need to test commercial drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Individuals with untreated OSA have slower reaction times and impaired performance on tests of vigilance, memory and executive function. That’s why the National Transportation and Safety Board recommends sleep disorder screening programs to help identify drivers at high risk of sleep apnea and guide them to medical treatment.
Mercy Medical Center offers a comprehensive sleep testing, education and treatment program to help identify commercial drivers with OSA and improve their overall health and safety.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 28 percent of truck drivers have some form of sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the single most common sleep disorder and one of the most dangerous. People with this disorder actually stop breathing, momentarily while asleep – even hundreds of times – without being aware of the problem. In OSA, the muscles at the back of the throat relax to the point of obstructing the upper airway. During an apnea attack, a person may seem to gasp for breath, and the oxygen level in the blood may become abnormally low. Loud snoring is a common symptom. People with sleep apnea have a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and other health conditions.
Sleep apnea contributes to excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue. Literature reports that fatigue is estimated to be an associated factor in 13 percent of all truck-related accidents and 28 percent of single vehicle crashes. Other reports indicate that these percentages may be as high as 41 percent.
A Comprehensive Sleep Program
Mercy’s Commercial Driver Sleep Testing Program includes:
- Sleep study at Mercy’s accredited Sleep Center
- Appointment with a sleep physician to review the outcome of the study recommended medical treatment plan.
- Meeting with a registered sleep technologist to review the medical treatment plan, education on obstructive sleep apnea and compliance monitoring and questions answered.
- Provision of durable medical equipment (DME) with instruction about the use and maintenance of the ordered treatment device.
- Additional program offerings including assessment for cardiovascular disease, diabetes education and weight management.
- Wireless remote CPAP compliance monitoring that covers all 50 states.
Mercy Sleep Center is a healthcare partner in the management of a patient’s sleep-related disorder. A copy of the sleep study interpretative report and recommended medical treatment plan is sent to the patient’s primary care physician for continued monitoring and medical management.
Mercy Sleep Center offers on-going community education programs to educate the public, commercial drivers, and family and friends about sleep-related breathing disorders.
Quality Programming Means Quality Test, Education and Medical Management
Mercy Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine demonstrating its dedication to providing the highest quality testing, interpretation and patient management. All sleep studies are completed by registered sleep technologists and interpreted by board certified or board eligible sleep physicians.
The DME preferred providers utilized by Mercy Medical Center offer compliance monitoring to verify individual treatment device usage.
Mercy Medical Center offers very competitive pricing, and program packages are tailored to each company. A representative from Mercy Driver Sleep Testing Program will be happy to present a proposal for your company, based on your individual needs.
Companies who have implemented OSA testing programs report that effective treatment for the condition is associated with:
- Lower total health care and disability costs
Reported average savings of $6,000 in total health plan and disability costs in drivers treated over a 24-month study.
- Fewer motor vehicle accidents
Untreated OSA is associated with a 2-7 fold increased risk of vehicular accidents.
- A reduction in crash rates and crash related expenses
Preventable crash rate reductions have been reported between 30% and 73%. (December, 2010 FMCSA Commercial Motor Vehicle Facts Report.) Cost per Large Truck Accident: Injury Only--$331,000; Involving a fatality--$7.2 Million
- Fewer missed work days
Reported average: 4.4 days.
For more information, call Mercy Commercial Driver Sleep Testing Program at
330-458-4180 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Testing Available 7 nights a week.
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Secured Parking Available. Instructions will be provided at the time of scheduling.
Cars: Proceed to Mercy Parking Deck
Trucks: Make an immediate left upon entering Mercy main entrance.
Park alongside the curb. Mercy Medical Center Security will escort CMV driver to a secure location to park and will provide the driver a ride back to the Medical Center.