Monday, July 5, 2010

    Sleep Apnea Testing Coming – NTSB Swears in Fatigue Expert

    June 30, 2010 by Truckdrivernews · Leave a Comment 

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today has sworn in DR. Mark R. Rosekind – an internationally recognized fatigue expert who has conducted research and implemented programs in diverse settings, including all modes of transportation, healthcare, law enforcement, elite athlete and military groups.

    I want to first say that I am not against this type of testing. If you have severe obstructive sleep apnea you need to have a sleep study and you need to have either a c-pap or bi-pap machine in order to get a restful sleep. I don’t feel it is right for FMCSA or DOT or whomever to “require” this to be mandatory – unless someone else plans to pay for it. This is a life savor as severe obstructive sleep apnea is indeed a life or death situation. The “possibility” of falling asleep at the wheel are real – I know firsthand.

    Although accident statistics show only about 9% of fatalities involving tractor trailers are fatigue related. By the way those statistics are probably older – from the era when HOS wasn’t so fatigue enhanced. I’m sure the statistics will increase if the HOS is left the way it is now.

    From an NTSB press release:
    Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., took the oath of office today as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Member Rosekind is an internationally recognized fatigue expert who has conducted research and implemented programs in diverse settings, including all modes of transportation, healthcare, law enforcement, elite athlete and military groups.

    Prior to joining the Board, Member Rosekind was President and Chief Scientist of Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm in Cupertino, California that specializes in fatigue management. Before founding Alertness Solutions, he directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program and was Chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division at the NASA Ames Research Center. Prior to his work at NASA, Member Rosekind was the Director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center.

    Member Rosekind is an internationally recognized fatigue expert who has conducted research and implemented programs in diverse settings, including all modes of transportation. He has published 150 scientific, technical, and industry papers and provided hundreds of presentations to operational, general, and scientific audiences. His contributions have been acknowledged through numerous honors and awards, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, six other NASA Group/Team Awards, two Flight Safety Foundation honors (Presidential Citation for Outstanding Safety Leadership, Business Aviation Meritorious Award), and as a Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    Member Rosekind earned his B.A. with Honors at Stanford University, his Ph.D. at Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Medical School. His term as a Member of the NTSB expires December 31, 2014.

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