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NTSB makes recs to curb sleep apnea

Posted on October 20, 2009

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made the following recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

Implement a program to identify commercial drivers at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea and require that those drivers provide evidence through the medical certification process of having been appropriately evaluated and, if treatment is needed, effectively treated for that disorder before being granted unrestricted medical certification. (H-09-15)

Develop and disseminate guidance for commercial drivers, employers and physicians regarding the identification and treatment of individuals at high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), emphasizing that drivers who have OSA that is effectively treated are routinely approved for continued medical certification. (H-09-16)

A copy of the letter is available on the NTSB's Website, here.

 

 

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