(07-12-2016, 02:53 PM)sptrout Wrote:(07-12-2016, 12:31 PM)justMongo Wrote: new for Texas:
From The Texas Medical Association, May 12 2016
"Get Up to Speed on New Driving Rules, Medical Restrictions"
"A diagnosis of severe OSA (apnea-hypopnea index AHI>20) precludes certification to drive a motor vehicle (class A, B and C license) until the sleep disorder is effectively treated and the person demonstrates satisfactory ongoing compliance with therapy.
A person with moderate OSA (apnea-hypopnea index between 10 and 20) may drive passenger vehicles (class C license) if he has minimal daytime sleepiness (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Study (EDSS) score is <10) and the OSA is being effectively treated and he is compliant with therapy. Persons
with mild OSA may drive with any license type if the AHI is <10 and the EDS score is <10.
Ceasing therapy should be accompanied by driving cessation if the OSA is still present.
An individual with moderate to severe OSA who meets these requirements should be recertified annually."
Very interesting. How did you find it? With those tight restrictions one would think that it would be well known to all SA patients in Texas, but it has never been mentioned to me. I am sure not going to ask about it. Luckily, I am retired and do not drive much anyway although I never had a sleep/driving issue ever happen when I was driving more often. (Actually, I think my SA started after I retired for a variety of unrelated reasons.)
No kidding. The sleep doctors and their staff should be telling all their patients, but just like the insulin requirement in my state, a lot of clinics do not follow through. I only looked it up because my Dad and brother had to be certified to continue driving. The doc DOES report it to the state, but the staff never told me (and still haven't).