Portable Sleep Diagnostic Testing – Watch-PAT

Portable/home sleep testing allows the driver to sleep at home or in their trucks while being tested. PPD offers nationwide portable sleep testing, allowing us to be where the carrier needs us to be. PPD dedicated itself to a careful pilot of hundreds of portable sleep tests in the commercial driving population assuring its success.   […]

Portable diagnostic devices for identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea among commercial motor vehicle drivers

Now offering portable diagnostic testing for sleep apnea! For detailed information, see the article on Portable diagnostic devices for identifying obstructive sleep apnea among commercial motor vehicle drivers: considerations and unanswered questions in PMC – a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Read […]

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 […]

CPAP Treatment for Sleep Apnea

There are several treatment options for patients diagnosed with sleep-disordered breathing. All treatment options are intended to prevent obstructions from occurring, usually by widening the airway. While positional therapy (the elimination of sleeping on the back) and weight loss are helpful, the most effective form of treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (the most common form) […]

Adjusting to CPAP Treatment

For many of you, being diagnosed with Sleep Apnea takes some adjusting to.  For many people, the diagnosis of sleep apnea may come as a complete surprise.  Is it no surprise then that sleep apnea is also known as the silent killer? Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and provided with a CPAP […]

The Hat Trick

Has anyone ever heard of the Hat Trick- or is anyone currently using it?  I came across this “trick” a few years ago and thought it might be a good idea to bring it back to the surface as I think it is a creative solution to a common problem… masks fit issues. Here is […]

CPAP Equipment and Your Pets

Once in a while I receive a call from a driver explaining that his dog chewed his CPAP hose, mask or more recently, the cat’s claws destroyed the hose…. And I always get a good chuckle…. It’s no secret that I’m an avid animal lover and some would even venture to say I have “crazy […]

Natural Disasters and CPAP treatment

To all of our drivers out there- I hope that you and your families are SAFE and were able to ride out Irene’s wrath this past weekend with little to no damages.  You are in our throughts and prayers. Many of you living on the East Coast lost power among other issues- flooding etc.  For those of you […]

Taking Care of your CPAP Equipment

Hello there Truckers…. thought I would post a little about CPAP unit and equipment upkeep…. Proper care and maintenance of your CPAP equipment is important and will ensure your equipment delivers optimal treatment. For those of you using your CPAP equipment in your truck, you have special considerations with regard to caring and maintaining your […]

Changing Your Mask Inserts

How often do you replace your mask inserts (the  soft silicone cushion that inserts into the mask frame)?  Unfortunately, it is all too common for drivers to go months and sometimes years with the same mask and mask inserts.  Like a toothbrush, the inserts must be changed frequently in order to maintain optimal therapy.  Over […]