Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Its effects on Commercial Truck Drivers

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that results in the cessation of breathing during periods of sleep. The apnea can last anywhere from a few seconds to greater than 10 seconds and may occur several times per hour. OSA occurs when the muscles of the throat that keep the airway open, relax to the point of collapse which causes a partial or complete obstruction of the airway. This results in the snoring or grunting sound that a person with OSA may make during their sleep.

 

Legal Implications of DOT Physical Examinations for Physicians

Physicians and other medical professionals choosing to perform physical examinations for commercial driver applicants pursuant to the Department of Transportation's (hereinafter, "DOT") regulations have potential liability exposure of which they should be aware. While cases are not often pursued against examiners, practitioners must understand their potential liability and how best to protect themselves. Regardless of the type of case, a medical professional's best defense is to perform the medical examinations within the strict guidelines provided by the DOT and using the best medical practices possible on every case.

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