Why Should I Get Tested for OSA?
The National Transportation Safety Board says sleepiness in general has played a role in 31 to 41% of crashes of commercial vehicles, resulting in 1,500 to 2,000 deaths a year. A Johns Hopkins study suggests that a person’s chances of dying early increases 46% if he or she has severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Fatigue, including medical conditions affecting sleep, is one of the transportation safety board’s top targets. Commercial motor vehicle drivers are at an increased risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Medical Review Board has recommended that commercial motor vehicle drivers undergo testing for OSA if they have a positive Berlin Questionnaire or a BMI > 35 kg/m. Together, Motion Specialties and your company,are working to provide a safe and timely solution for this recommendation which includes the diagnosis and treatment of OSA.
Treatment for OSA
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is an effective and well accepted treatment for OSA.
CPAP delivers air at a fixed pressure while you sleep,relieving the airway obstruction. As a result you experience healthier sleep and more alertness during the day.
What Happens if OSA is not Treated?
Possible increased risk of:
- High Blood Pressure
- Decreased sexual drive
- Heart disease
- Fatigue-related motor vehicle accidents
- Decreased quality of life
“Keeping Drivers in Motion" Program Can Help You
Our Keep Drivers in Motion program have been developed specifically to meet your industries’ needs and ultimately, to meet your needs. You will have a dedicated RRT that will be with you through every step of the way. For Screening, testing and treatment you will have information at your fingertips and ease of mind knowing that you’re receiving the best care. The five essential elements of our program are designed with you in mind. At Motion Specialties we pride ourselves on our regulated healthcare professionals, including our Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs). You can feel reassured that your therapy is closely monitored and supervised by our RRTs during your entire treatment regimen with us. The majority of people who use CPAP find immediate symptom relief and are delighted with their increased energy and mental sharpness during the day. Many patients have said,“CPAP changed my life!” But some patients find CPAP masks uncomfortable, even though it may control their sleep apnea. Many need extra assistance to get a mask that fits correctly and our medical professionals are there for that very reason. Motion Specialties will also provide only the latest advancements in sleep therapy. Follow-up is the most important factor in your treatment. Our health professionals have advanced technology and compliance reporting tools available that allow us to help you with your CPAP treatment soon after you begin making use of it. These methods coupled with our RRTs providing support and education result in a positive first experience with CPAP. Driver safety is what we embrace by providing education, treatment and support. As a registered vendor Motion Specialties works closely with provincial funding bodies across Canada.We also work closely with insurance companies across Canada.
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