Call for better OSA screening of truckies

Long-haul truck drivers are over three times more likely to be involved in a crash if they have obstructive sleep apnoea, say WA researchers.

They report that those with an apnoea-hypopnoea index of greater than 17 have a 3.42-fold increased risk of an accident.

This is based on data from 200 long-distance heavy-vehicle drivers, half of whom had had a crash in the previous year.

Overall rates of sleep apnoea are far higher in truck drivers than in the general population, at around 42% compared with 5%