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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Schneider Reports Sleep Apnea Treatment Saves Dollars and Lives
According to Schneider National‘s recently published report, its sleep apnea screening and treatment program has created a return on investment in the form of savings on medical costs, accident reduction, reduced turnover and increased productivity.
The newsletter of the Truckload Carriers Association drew the following conclusions from the report:
- Medical costs accrued were slashed in half per month amongst the 348 drivers diagnosed with Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) and were treated.
- A massive 73 percent reduction in preventable driving accidents occurred among a group of 225 SDB-diagnosed drivers treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices, which are breathing masks that use air pressure to prevent airways from closing during sleep.
- Amongst CPAP-treated individuals, the driver retention rate was 2.29 times higher than the total company driver population in 2004.
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