Aviisha Launches DriveSafe Campaign Aimed at Treating Commercial Drivers for Sleep Apnea

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Campaign strives to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea in truckers and other commercial drivers by giving them a rebate on their home sleep test throughout February

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“The data is unambiguous,” said Dr. Avi Ishaaya, Aviisha’s Medical Director. “Sleep-deprived drivers are at significantly higher risk of getting into a vehicle accident.”

Sleep apnea has become a serious problem for commercial drivers. It’s estimated that roughly one-third of commercial truck drivers have sleep apnea, although the actual number may be much higher. The condition is especially dangerous for drivers of large vehicles, as sleep apnea has been known to cause excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks, psychomotor deficits, and impaired alertness.

To help promote awareness and safer driving, the Aviisha Medical Institute, LLC has launched the DriveSafe campaign. The campaign will give all commercial drivers a 10% rebate on their home sleep tests throughout the month of February. Drivers can call Aviisha and fax over a copy of their driver’s license and prescription. California drivers without a prescription can get evaluated through the institute’s telemedicine feature. The effort is an attempt to reduce the number of car accidents caused by sleep apnea.

“The data is unambiguous,” said Dr. Avi Ishaaya, Aviisha’s Medical Director. “Sleep-deprived drivers are at significantly higher risk of getting into a vehicle accident.” Drivers with obstructive sleep apnea have a 7-fold increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. Moreover, drowsy driving is a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, resulting in 1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries annually. Studies show that between 16% and 60% of all accidents have sleep deprivation as a cause.

There have been increasing reports of fatal car crashes involving truckers with sleep apnea. “Many of these accidents could have been prevented with proper sleep apnea screening and treatment,” said Dr. Avi. “If you’re 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, your body mass index is 30 (obese) and you should be tested for sleep apnea immediately.”

With Aviisha, drivers can get tested with a home sleep test. The home sleep test is more affordable than a laboratory test and more convenient. The institute also offers treatment and compliance management including equipment and supplies related to APAP treatment. APAP treatment is the gold standard in treating sleep apnea and has been shown to decrease the severity of sleep apnea almost immediately.

To find out more about the DriveSafe program, contact Aviisha at 877-634-7748.

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