The American  Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) announced plans for its 2011 Sleep Apnea  Multi-Modal  Transportation Conference (SAMTC) on November 8-9, 2011, at the  Sheraton Baltimore City Center. Currently cosponsored by the Federal  Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad  Administration (FRA), this second in a series of health and safety  conferences focuses on the role of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)  management within the major modes of transportation, including air,  rail, ground, and maritime.

“Last year’s conference received unanimous praise for providing the  most up-to-date information and exploring a range of issues on the  impact of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea ( OSA) in trucking,” said ASAA executive director,  Edward Grandi. “With the National Transportation Safety Board issuing  recommendations for sleep apnea management in all major modes of  transportation, we believe this conference will be tremendously  beneficial for the regulatory agencies, industries, and employees coping  with the health, safety, and economic issues associated with this  increasingly visible problem.”

The 2011 SAMTC is organized by ASAA to provide a state of the OSA  science approach with a specific focus on practical issues relevant to  operating companies and their employees. Conference topics and speakers  will home in on operational considerations pertaining to OSA diagnosis  and treatment that ultimately affect fitness, certification, and related  workplace issues. Informative presentations, reality-based program  implementation and outcomes, and panel discussions will provide a forum  in which current practices can be identified and discussed from all  relevant viewpoints.(Source:SleepReview )

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