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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Occupational Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Thomas Colletti, DHSc, PA-C

Abstract

Commercial drivers are a population at high risk for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep-apnea hypoxia syndrome (OSAHS) with an elevated risk for traffic accidents and an increased chance of personal injury. An effective OSAHS screening tool is essential because OSAHS can be associated with cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurocognitive morbidities. Undiagnosed and untreated OSAHS pose a risk for motor vehicle accidents because when untreated, this disease is known to cause daytime sleepiness and fatigue resulting in the impairment of drivers’ judgments and abilities. Therefore, a screening tool that is able to objectively identify drivers at high risk is needed.

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