SleepSafe Drivers Inc, a national provider of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment programs for fleets, announced positive preliminary results from a clinical trial focused on testing and treating truck drivers suffering with sleep apnea as part of a national contract with JB Hunt Transport Services Inc.
This clinical trial is a collaborative effort among JB Hunt, SleepSafe Drivers, and Fusion Sleep LLC, a Georgia-based provider of clinical sleep medicine services.
The goal of the trial, which is backed by an independent review board, is to improve the health and safety of drivers. Trial results will document any cost savings from reduced medical expenses and lower accidents as a consequence of the program. JB Hunt is accelerating the pace of the trial and expects to continue expanding the program 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 JB 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.”
One of the major benefits of the SleepSafe Drivers program is the company’s On-Site testing and Sure Compliance treatment program designed specifically for truckers. These programs can test drivers for sleep apnea using outpatient testing via ambulatory tests wherever the driver is sleeping that night. Ambulatory testing is less costly and more convenient for truck drivers, making it easier for them to get tested sooner and start receiving treatment.
Dana Voien, president of SleepSafe Drivers, said, “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.”