National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Safety Meeting

Wendy Sullivan, RN, VP of Project Implementation and Health and Safety Consultative Services for PPD, along with Medline Industries were pleased to co-present at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Safety Meeting held this September in Dulles VA. Together PPD and Medline presented an example of a successful implementation of a sleep apnea management program […]

CTA, OSA Canada Launch Sleep Apnea Screening and Treatment Pilot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Canadian Trucking Alliance News Release Media contact: Deanna Pagnan, Director of Policy & Government Relations (416) 249-7401 x 247, Deanna.Pagnan@ontruck.org CTA, OSA Canada Launch Sleep Apnea Screening and Treatment Pilot Unique, full service program provides fleet solutions and better quality of life to drivers (OTTAWA, May 28, 2012) – The Canadian Trucking […]

PPD Offers OSA Portable Monitor Testing

Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics (PPD®) recently added portable monitor testing to its diagnostic offerings of sleep apnea in commercial drivers. PPD is an industry leader, providing turn-key sleep apnea disease management program and lab network. “Commercial carriers are looking for alternatives to in-lab overnight sleep testing for their drivers,” said Dr. Mark Berger, president and chief […]

How Can PPD Save my Company Money?

Return on Investment Untreated sleep apnea is costing your company money today. These dollars can be seen in excess healthcare costs (particularly hypertension, cardiac, stroke, diabetic, and respiratory claims), and fatigue-related accidents. PPD is the only company with proven return on investment dollars having serviced commercial carriers since the end of 2003. Instituting a sleep […]

Fleet-Wide Screening Of Drivers For Sleep Apnea With Somni-Sage

Unfortunately, most cases of sleep apnea remain undetected. It is estimated that only 15% of adults with sleep apnea have been diagnosed. Common factors associated with this condition include obesity, male gender, increasing age, a large neck, and poor quality sleep. Frequently, co-existing medical conditions are seen with and often made worse by untreated sleep […]

Sleep Apnea Diagnostic Testing for Commercial Trucking Carriers

Once a driver has been identified at-risk, we provide sleep apnea diagnostic testing services with the ease of web-based scheduling and a quick, reliable turn-around from diagnosis to treatment. All of our networked sleep centers are accredited. Our sleep studies are gold-standard Type-1 and are the preferred method for diagnosing and assessing the severity of […]

Current FMCSA Regulations

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 49 CFR Section 391.41 (b) (5) states: “Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with his/her ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely.” 49 CFR Section 392.3 with regards to fatigued drivers states: “No driver shall operate a […]

How Sleep Apnea Impacts the Commercial Trucking Industry

According to the FMCSA, it is estimated that sleep apnea affects 28% of all commercial drivers (approximately 1.8 million drivers). Untreated, sleep apnea contributes to hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease – conditions that represent three of the most costly health expenditures among commercial drivers. Poor sleep quality from untreated sleep apnea can also lead to […]

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is very common, particularly in the commercial driver population. Studies show that up to 28% of commercial drivers may be afflicted. Primary risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and, with treatment, quality of life and health benefits can be realized. Sleep […]

Sleep Apnea Treatment and CPAP Monitoring

Before leaving the testing center, drivers who require treatment will be fitted for and provided with a CPAP mask, flow generator, and heated humidifier for nightly use. It is important for drivers to understand that safety and health conditions are successfully reduced only if they adhere to nightly CPAP use. To that end, we believe […]