SleepSafe Drivers has signed a multi-year agreement with motor carrier J.B. Hunt Transport Services to provide sleep apnea and sleep disorder services for tHunt drivers. SleepSafe will use its On-Site TM Diagnostic Ambulatory testing and Sure Compliance treatment program to deliver its services.
“We have documented significant improvement in the retention of drivers working with SleepSafe Drivers, with 86% still employed and successful with APAP (auto-setting positive airway pressure) treatment at the 12-month phase of the program,” said Greer Woodruff, senior vp of safety & security at J.B. Hunt.
“One of our two-million-mile drivers who was tested and is now being treated for sleep apnea, lost 110 lbs and said, ‘This program literally saved my life,’” Woodruff noted. “There is no doubt that drivers that have sleep apnea are safer and healthier following diagnosis and treatment. We are very proud to have the trial enrollment successfully completed, and to be making such a beneficial program available to our drivers nationwide.”
According to SleepSafe, its Sure-IDTM system mitigates test fraud yet allows testing a driver in his or her truck, home or in a hotel vs. using the typical in-patient [sleep lab] testing environment.
If a driver’s test is positive for sleep apnea, he or she will then be enrolled in the Sure Compliance treatment program which includes an APAP device with wireless monitoring. Each driver also gets a personal sleep apnea/APAP “coach” to help ensure successful long-term therapy, according to SleepSafe.“Our program allows drivers to be tested and treated within 24 hours, vs. three days to three weeks with traditional sleep [disorder ] programs,” said Dana Voien, president of SleepSafe Drivers.