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Sleep Apnea

Who is most at risk?

  • Overweight, BMI above 33
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes

What are the options for testing?

Many providers now offer at-home (or in the cab) testing solutions for a fraction of the cost, and you don’t have to go into a traditional sleep testing center. You can receive the home sleep study device and get the results in as little as 48 hours.

How much does it cost?

Traditional sleep testing centers have been the gold standard for determining sleep apnea status. Up until recently, getting a test would require visiting a center, taking a day away from work and a testing fee of $2900. Luckily, many providers now offer at-home testing solutions at a fraction of the cost. iSleep for instance offers an at-home or in-truck test for just over $100.

What is my current BMI?

Driver BMI

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Blood Pressure Standards

Stage Systolic Diastolic
1 140 90
2 160 100
3 180 110

What is considered High Blood Pressure:

A blood pressure reading above 139/89 is classified as hypertension.

If you are taking blood pressure medication or have made changes to your regimen, please notify your examiner.

Blood Pressure Monitor:

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Vision

What is the current vision standard?

FMCSA requires drivers to have at least 20/40 vision in each eye and 70 degrees of peripheral vision in each eye, with or without corrective lenses.

If you only meet the vision standard in one eye, can you still be certified? 

Yes. Prior to being certified,  you must have an eye specialist complete the Vision Evaluation Report, form MCSA-5871, and bring the completed form with you at the time of the exam.

Diabetes

What do I need to provide the examiner as a diabetic?

If you are currently treating diabetes it is expected that you provide the following:

  • current medications
  • most recent A1C score

What if I use Insulin?

If you use insulin, FMCSA requires that the Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus Assessment Form MCSA-5870 be completed by your treating clinician prior to your DOT medical exam. You will need to provide your treating clinician with the previous 3 months of blood glucose self-monitoring.

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