Swift---sleep apnea

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  1. b3enthusiast

    b3enthusiast Bobtail Member

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    Does Swift do a sleep study on new hires?

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  3. 8thnote

    8thnote Road Train Member

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    I'm not sure what a Swifts particular policy on the matter involves, but most large companies will require one if you're neck is deemed to be too fat by their physician.
     
  4. b3enthusiast

    b3enthusiast Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the info.....I'm probably borderline on the neck issue.
     
  5. Dr. Gene O

    Dr. Gene O Bobtail Member

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    It is only done if sleep apnea is suspected (interuptions of sleep) with new DOT regs. I am a DOT Doc in Northeast, so much depends on the physical exam....
     
  6. Dr. Gene O

    Dr. Gene O Bobtail Member

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    How do drivers "get the word out", network, about places that will do same day DOT exams, in addition to looking on the registry?
     
  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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  8. A21CAV

    A21CAV Road Train Member

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    Swift uses the BMI above 35 as a trigger for a sleep study or a 6 month card to lose weight . Neck size doesn't figure as much as a weight vs height chart . Using BMI as an indicator is pure bs due to the nebulous , at best , results of various "studies " none of which are remotely in agreement . However , with thousands of drivers and applicants getting DOT physicals every month , Swift had to use some screening method .

    Post your height and weight. I have the chart Swift uses and I can let you know what you will be looking at .
     
  9. MrMustard

    MrMustard Road Train Member

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    Word of advice: If the doctor decides you need a sleep study, you usually get a year to get it done. Go to your family doctor and get a referral to a reputable sleep clinic. Do not fall for the less expensive "home test" that you pick up at a medical equipment store and take home with you for the night. You end up paying more in the long run, and wil end up witha CPAP machine, because I have yet to find a driver that tested negative for sleeep apnea at these places. If the "clinic" you go to has CPAP machines for sale displayed in the lobby, RUN! Don't wait a year after that physical and try and get it done at the last minute when your options are limited. Get it done the right way as soon as possible.
     
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  10. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    Doc at the clinic my company used would only give me a 3 month card, until I had a sleep study done.
     
  11. Balakov100

    Balakov100 Road Train Member

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    A lot of companies especially big ones like Swift, want you to go to their Doc anyway.
     
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