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FMCSA Sleep Clinic

Recently the recommendations about testing for sleep apnea in truck drivers came out from the FMCSA, sleep clinics are the option many people think is the only way to be tested for sleep apnea.  In-home testing is also a much less expensive option to being tested for sleep apnea as well as much more convenient and less hassle for the truck driver’s schedule.  According to the FMCSA, sleep clinics and in-home testing are recognized as ways of being tested for sleep apnea in order to obtain a CDL license if screened at risk.  The FMCSA has 10 recommendations that should be considered when screening for sleep apnea, some of these recommendations are if the driver has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or higher, neck size of 17 inches or bigger, if driver reports excessive daytime sleepiness, has small airway, hypertension, and/or diabetes.  If a driver has any of the above risk factors he/she should be referred for a sleep study.  After a driver is diagnosed with sleep apnea they will have to be on a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine if they have and AHI (Apnea-Hypopnea Index) of 20 or greater, which is considered moderate sleep apnea. Aeroflow Industrial Clinics has in-home sleep tests that are accepted by the FMCSA, sleep clinics compared to in-home tests can be inconvenient for a truck driver’s schedule.  With the in-home test the driver will not have to be out of work to take the test.  Aeroflow Industrial Clinics has a comprehensive sleep program.  We provide a turn-key program for diagnostic testing, treatment, and compliance management for sleep disorders.  Once a driver is diagnosed and starts treatment for sleep apnea, Aeroflow will be able to monitor his compliance to make sure treatment is successful.  When trying to be proactive about getting drivers tested per the FMCSA sleep clinics are an option, but for most drivers a better option is in-home sleep testing which Aeroflow Industrial Clinics can assist with.