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CPAP America assists driver Sleep Apnea needs without exploiting

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Ed Frost CPAP America

 

CPAP America News of the Week- Their Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the Gloucester County Chamber Of Commerce- Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony takes place at their flagship location (943 Kings Highway West Deptford, New Jersey) on
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10 am

Truck Driver Fatigue

For many drivers, Truck Driver Fatigue is code word for “more regulations” and is many times further disguised by combining the words, “increase highway safety.”
Finally, when all is said and done, you can almost guarantee that the outcome for drivers will end up “costing them”.

The fact is professional drivers have a demanding lifestyle and work well over the 40 hour work week, far more than that of most other professions.
A professional driver may work a legal 70 hour work, however, the way the laws are written, most over the road truck drivers can “legally” work 100+ hours. Read more
ELD’s DO NOT keep truckers from working more that 70 hours/week

Whenever there is a problem which can compromise safety, the pressure to resolve and identify the cause of the issue becomes greater. This is definitely the case with Truck Driver Fatigue. There seems to be the need to place “blame” in order to divert attention from the major causes of Truck Driver Fatigue.

Sleep Apnea -Truck Driver Fatigue

For over 10 years, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has steadily become a focus for the trucking industry and FMCSA.  Make no mistake OSA is a real and serious disease which does affect millions of Americans. The FMCSA explains, Driving when you have Sleep Apnea. 

With the greater focus on Sleep Apnea, including FMCSA guidelines, rules, and the latest Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM),  professional drivers more than ever must confront OSA.

As of now, if a DOT Medical Examiner suspects that a driver may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the driver must go for a Sleep Study Test.  If the test comes back positive for moderate to severe for  OSA, the driver is more than likely going to have to have treatment, usually a CPAP mask.
Please read more, written by DOT Medical Examiner Dr Randolph Rosarion – Trucking Controversy- Determining who is at risk for Sleep Apnea

NOTE: Many companies will require drivers to move forward with OSA treatment even if OSA study results show only MILD sleep apnea.
( FMCSA does not require treatment for drivers with MILD sleep Apnea)

On May 26th  The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)  released the results of its sleep apnea survey, which highlights a number of issues related to truck driver screening and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA.  Read more

Sleep Apnea-one more way to exploit drivers

One of the biggest concerns for drivers who are told they need to be tested for OSA, is out of pocket costs, especially for those without health insurance or who have high deductibles.
Many drivers also believe that Sleep Apnea has become a “money maker” for companies profiting off of the testing and equipment services they are providing truckers.

After all,  in order for drivers to be able to continue driving, they MUST follow the advice of the Certified Medical Examiner if  told they need to be tested for OSA. If not, they will not receive their medical card and their driving career can very well end.

With that being said, there are companies who can and sometimes do, exploit this situation that drivers face.

We are grateful to have have found a company that has come to the forefront AGAINST unethical practice and instead offers AFFORDABLE, QUALITY, and compliant OSA services for professional drivers.   The company is  CPAP America.
I can’t tell you enough how impressed I am with the dedication they have displayed when it comes to serving the Truck Driver Community, including those who do not have Health Insurance.

CPAP America  “one-stop-shop” for Affordability & Quality of:
sleep apnea relief, education, CPAP equipment, and Home Sleep Testing

CPAP America utilizes the latest technology, the best interfaces, and dependable yet affordable devices, putting the company at the forefront of the CPAP retail market.
Their customers get personalized care from experienced, passionate clinicians who will help them not only manage their disorder, but improve their overall quality of life. The company offers a full line of reliable CPAP machines and accessories that are easy to use.  For unbiased solutions at the best prices, customers can rest easy with CPAP America.

CPAP America News of the Week- Their Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony  at the Gloucester County Chamber Of Commerce- Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony takes place at their flagship location (943 Kings Highway West Deptford, New Jersey) on
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10 am

Please RSVP at sales@cpapamerica.com

Meet Edwin Frost
President and Chief Clinical Officer of CPAP America.

Edwin Frost is the President and Chief Clinical Officer of CPAP America. Frost is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and has managed 27 sleep labs. He currently sits on the New Jersey State Board of Respiratory Care and is a speaker for A&T Lectures, LLC. Frost is also the President of Aeris Consulting and Management. With over 60 facilities throughout the East Coast, Aeris is quickly becoming the leader of respiratory services in the country.


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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Denis

    Very interesting and informative post, special thanks for the links, I hope that your article will be helpful.
    Thank you.

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