Commercial Driver Sleep Testing Program
Truck Drivers and the Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Individuals with untreated sleep apnea have slower reaction times and impaired performance on tests of vigilance, memory and executive function. 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.
Due to an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents related to sleepiness and fatigue, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends sleep apnea screening tests among commercial drivers to help identify those at high risk and guide them to medical treatment.
Mercy Medical Center offers a comprehensive sleep testing, education and treatment program to help identify commercial drivers with sleep apnea and improve their overall health and safety.
Comprehensive Testing and Treatment Program for Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders
The Mercy Commercial Driver Sleep Testing Program includes:
- Sleep study at one of our two accredited sleep centers. Testing available seven nights a week.
- Appointment with a sleep physician to review the outcome of the study and a recommended medical treatment plan
- Meeting with a registered sleep technologist for education on sleep apnea and compliance monitoring
- Provision of durable medical equipment (DME), including CPAP machines, with instruction about use and maintenance
- Additional health-care assessments for cardiovascular disease, diabetes education and weight management
- Wireless remote CPAP compliance monitoring that covers all 50 states
Mercy Sleep Disorders Center is your health-care partner in the management of sleep-related disorders like OSA. 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 Testing, Education and Medical Management
Mercy Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, demonstrating our 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. Our preferred DME providers offer compliance monitoring to verify individual treatment device usage.
Mercy offers competitive pricing on sleep apnea screenings and other sleep disorder services, and program packages are tailored to your company. A representative from Mercy Commercial 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.