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Severe obstructive sleep apnea and long distance truck driving: A case report

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Introduction: Untreated sleep disorders can increase driver crash risk by up to 7 fold, and truck drivers have a variety of risk factors for sleep disorders. Measures currently used to identify drivers at risk depend predominantly on the ability of the driver to identify and report themselves as sleepy. Methods: This case report presents a 54 year old long distance truck driver who participated in a case-control study, underwent at home breathing monitoring and was followed up with an in-depth interview. Results: Self-reported measures did not identify this driver as at risk of sleepiness or sleep apnea; yet he was subsequently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea using an at home monitor and polysomnography. Conclusions: Self-assessment of risk factors is insufficient as a screen for sleep apnea. General practitioners are in an ideal position to identify potential sleep apnea sufferers and can initiate the enquiry process that leads to diagnostic testing.

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Sharwood, L. , Elkington, J. , Stevenson, M. , Boufous, S. and Wong, K. (2012) Severe obstructive sleep apnea and long distance truck driving: A case report. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2, 157-161. doi: 10.4236/ojpm.2012.22023.

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