With Sleep Issues, Truck Drivers Don't Know Where to Turn
I recently received a phone call from a truck driver who has a temporary license because his neck was bigger than the recommended guidelines. He was told he needed a test to prove he was safe to drive. He found me online and called to ask what test the doctor was talking about.
Truck drivers often don't know what tests they need and what follow up they require once they get a CPAP. This lack of education for them is going to be tough to overcome.
Complicating matters is the fact that many truckers have no insurance and little disposable income. In the case of our lab, we're working with home sleep testing to help them. It's less expensive for them, but they're still going to have to pay for a CPAP that can be monitored for compliance. We are fortunate that many DME companies around here will work with me to help these patients.
The other issue is that they need everything done in short order. They're not always in town, and they usually have less than 30 days to complete everything and get the paperwork submitted.
Truckers are definitely a niche market being underserved, but due to the lack of profit, the situation may not have an easy remedy. We're trying the best we can to accommodate these patients; however, we're always looking for new ideas. How we can better serve them and not overwhelm the lab with paperwork?