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CPAP or APAP for Commercial Drivers & Pilots

Are There Any CPAP or APAP Machines That Are Made Specifically For Commercial Drivers or the Transportation Industry?

Much has been studied and written lately about the high correlation to commercial driving or flying and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  Untreated sleep disorders and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) in Commercial Drivers, Commercial Pilots and Aitraffic Controllers can lead to deadly mistakes and accidents; therefore it is important to properly diagnose and treat these conditions.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has renewed its campaign to treat OSA across all modes of transportation - air, rail, marine, and trucking - as part of a long-term effort to significantly reduce the negative effects of fatigue.

CPAP and Auto-PAP Solutions for Truckers, Pilots, and Commercial Drivers

Activa Medical continues to receive many inquiries about whether or not there are specific CPAP or A-PAP machines for Pilots, Drivers, Truckers, etc.  The short answer is yes…and no.  In terms of the underlying condition, OSA, Pilots, Drivers and Truckers can be and are diagnosed just like anyone else would be.  There is nothing occupation-specific about their treatment with CPAP, BiPAP or APAP.  However, there are a few unique considerations for this group to consider before purchasing their CPAP or APAP machine -- portability, humidification, and heated air.

Pilots generally will need humidification to offset the dry air of an airplane or hotel room.  Commercial Drivers that have northern routes may want to consider heated tubing to make sure the cold ambient air doesn’t continue to wake them while they are sleeping.  And all groups will probably want to consider the smaller, lighter machines to make travel easier.  Short of those considerations, the CPAP and APAP machines are not unique to them. 

Activa Medical offers a broad selection of CPAP and APAP machines that meet these requirements of portability, humidification and heated air or tubing.  Please visit www.activa-medical.com/CPAP-Machines.html to see a full line of CPAP machines with hundreds of customer reviews and detailed specifications.