LAGUNA NIGUEL, Cal. — A clinical trial focusing on sleep apnea among professional drivers is yielding some encouraging results, participants claim.
SleepSafe Drivers, a US provider of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment programs for fleets, has released preliminary results of a test it is conducting with J.B. Hunt Transport along with Fusion Sleep, a provider of clinical sleep medicine services.
The trial set out to document cost savings attributable to reduced medical expenses and lower accident rates for drivers affected by sleep apnea. Early results are so encouraging, J.B. Hunt says it is accelerating the pace of the trial and plans to expand it over time.
“We are committed to enhancing the safety and health of our drivers, and SleepSafe Drivers is helping us get that done,” said Greer Woodruff, senior vice-president of corporate safety and security at J.B. Hunt. “One of our Million Mile drivers recently told us that he felt the sleep apnea program had literally saved his life. After starting APAP therapy, that driver has lost 115 pounds, knocked out his challenging and chronic daytime fatigue, and was able to begin exercising again for the first time in years. There is absolutely no doubt that he is healthier and safer as a result of the program.”
SleepSafe Drivers provides on-site testing and treatment geared specifically for truck drivers. Testing includes out-patient testing via ambulatory tests wherever the driver happens to be sleeping.
“We are proud to be helping J.B. Hunt deliver on their goal of improving the health of their drivers while also reducing avoidable risk and expenses,” stated Dana Voien, president of SleepSafe Drivers. “Working with our clinical partners at Fusion Sleep in Atlanta, we are confident that fleets will recognize a four to 10-month payback period on the program investment, so it more than pays for itself in the first year alone. Our national network assures that we can cover a fleet’s entire needs across the nation.”
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