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SLEEP APNEA COMPLIANCE

To maintain compliance with the FMCSA:

  • Drivers must use a CPAP machine at least four hours per night, 70 percent of the time
  • The compliance report should not be more than 30 days old and should be for a minimum of 90 days
  • • AHI must be indicated on the report with < 10 AHI level with treatment (if greater, they will need to return to their treating physician to adjust treatment levels and CPAP air flow.)

See example below of a compliant CPAP report:

THERAPY DATA SUMMARY – ALL DATA

Compliance Summary:

*Date Range 4/4/2014 – 7/2/2014 (90 days)
Days with Device Usage 86 days
Days without Device Usage 4 days
Percent days with Device Usage 95.6%
Cumulative Usage 22 days 23 hrs. 40mins. 3 secs.
Maximum Usage (1 Day) 11 hrs. 52 mins. 19 secs.
Average Usage (All Days) 6 hrs. 7 mins. 46 secs.
Average Usage (Days Used) 6 hrs. 24 mins. 53 secs.
Minimum Usage (1 Day) 40 mins, 34 secs.
*Percent of Days with Usage > = 4 Hours 89.9%
Percent of Days with Usage < 4 Hours 44%
Total Blower Time 23 days 1 hr. 32 mins. 56 secs.

AUTO CPAP SUMMARY (PHILIPS RESPIRONICS)

Auto CPAP Mean Pressure 9.2 cmH20
Auto CPAP Peak Average Pressure 11.1 cmH20
Average Device Pressure <= 90% of Time 10.7 cmH20
Average Time in Large Leak Per Day 29 mins. 24 secs.
*Average AHI 23.9

What are the Obligations of a Motor Carrier Regarding Employees with Sleep Apnea?

A motor carrier may not require or permit a driver to operate a CMV if the driver has a condition — including sleep
apnea — that would affect his or her ability to safely operate the vehicle.

It is critical that persons with sleep apnea fully use the treatment provided by their doctor. They should not drive if
they are not being treated. Being effectively treated, and complying with that treatment, offers the best hope of a
commercial driver with sleep apnea to secure the ability to do his or her job safely and be fully alert.

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