What is a CPAP Machine
Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) uses a machine to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway does not collapse when you breathe in.
Who needs a CPAP
A CPAP machine is most often prescribed for people who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Requirements for CPAP users
A DOT driver must show he/she is able to wear his/her machine for 4 hours or more per night, at least 70% of the time. Usually a doctor can review the download and send a letter to your DOT physician stating you are compliant. The DOT physician will issue a certificate based on compliance.
Conditional certification is determined by the medical examiner
- When you first start using CPAP you will be conditionally certified for one month. You must show compliance with CPAP use in order for your conditional certification to be extended after the first month.
- If compliance within the first month is demonstrated by a compliance report, your medical certification will be extended to a 3-month card. i.e. For an additional two months.
- If, after three months on CPAP, you are still compliant with use, and treatment is effective, your certification can be extended to 1 year.
- Drivers diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea must be re-certified at least annually. Compliance data for the year must be checked.
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If you have any other questions about DOT Certifications for CPAP users call PreventivePLUS today 201.444.3060 or visit us in Bergen County at One West Ridgewood Ave. Paramus, NJ 07652