Sleep apnea conference set for Nov. 8-9 in Baltimore

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The American Sleep Apnea Association announced plans for its 2011 Sleep Apnea & Multi-Modal Transportation Conference on Nov. 8-9 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center. Currently co-sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration, this second in a series of health and safety conferences focuses on the role of obstructive sleep apnea 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 OSA in trucking,” says Edward Grandi, ASAA executive director. “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 to share updates, information and ideas.”

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 hone 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.

Attendees’ benefits, according to ASAA, include the following:
• Gain up-to-date, accurate and informative reports on sleep apnea and its impact on transportation health and safety;
• Learn about key issues pertaining to the fitness of operators and other alertness-sensitive transportation workers who may be at risk for or been diagnosed or treated for OSA;
• Acquire mode-specific approaches to OSA awareness, screening, diagnosis, treatment options, compliance and follow-up;
• Obtain practical ideas on work force management of OSA, including hands-on experience with equipment, diagnostic and treatment techniques and best practices for working with specialists, contractors and suppliers in this field;
• Receive a take-home resource toolkit with presentations, DVDs, reports and materials to help company management and employees address sleep apnea in the workplace;
• Interact with experts, colleagues, government and industry officials to get questions answered and learn practical approaches to solving the OSA problem; and
• Contribute to defining the needed research agenda for obstructive sleep apnea as it impacts each transportation mode.

Information about the conference program, registration, sponsorship, exhibitor and advertising opportunities will be updated regularly on the conference website at www.samtc2011.org. For more information, contact Dave Buczek, event director, at dave.buczek@dbainnovation.com or 703-861- 5332; or Ed Grandi, ASAA executive director, at egrandi@sleepapnea.org or 202-293-3650 x 4.