Why Its Important To See A Driver Friendly DOT Fmcsa CME Doctor!

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Wayne H.'s Comment
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Dr. Wayne here from Texas, to give all the truck drivers a heads up! Its important to see a "Driver Friendly" DOT fmcsa CME doctor! As you know examination finding can vary depending on circumstances which you may not be aware of. The most critical part of an evaluation are parts which affect the drivers ability to perform his job as a driver. As you all know by now on May 21, 2014, Federal law regarding fmcsa required physical examination changed with most of the rules focused on the Licensed Health Care Providers (LHCP), and reporting requirements now required of each doctor performing evaluations as a Certified Medical Examiner (CME).

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/medical/driver-medical-requirements/driver-medical-fitness-duty

Your Certification period depends on several factors. Medications, Past Surgeries, Diagnosed Conditions, Blood Sugar, and Blood Pressure can determine your certification period, just to name a few!

With no surprize, High Blood Pressure is the #1 cause of a reduced Certification Period!

See chart below

Reading Re-Certification 140-159/90-99 Stage 1 1 year Certification 1 year if <140/90 One Time Cert for 3 months if 141-159/91-99 160-179/100-109 Stage 2 One time certification 1 year from date of exam if < 140/90 For 3 months >180/110 Stage 3 6 months from Date 6 month if < 140/90 of Exam if < 140/90

Once its on the record you have Hypertension , you will never have a certification greater than 1 year. shocked.png

If you are ever in Stage 3, Your are DISQUALIFIED until your BP is within normal limits. You will never have a certification period for greater than 6 months, and your BP must be below 140/90 in order to continue to drive. wtf.gif

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-effect-driver-certification-based-fmcsa-hypertension-stages

Where you go and how the blood pressure is taken can make the difference! We all know about a truck drivers life, and the stress you deal with every day! However, if you go to one of those large corporate owned urgent care centers. Your blood pressure is likely to go up after a 3 -4 hour wait. How the blood pressure is taken also plays a factor in borderline cases. You can affect the blood pressure by 10 points knowing a few simple tricks.

We are developing a "Driver Friendly" Network in Texas. My office is in Corpus Christi but we have offices networked throughout the state!

Feel Free to ask any questions regarding your health and your DOT Physical Examination.

DrW, "Texas Trucking Network"

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Just me's Comment
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You can affect the blood pressure by 10 points knowing a few simple tricks.

Feel Free to ask any questions regarding your health and your DOT Physical Examination.

DrW, "Texas Trucking Network"

What are some of these simple tricks Dr Wayne? I am working on getting my BP down before I report to school in January.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ray C.'s Comment
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Dr. Wayne here from Texas, to give all the truck drivers a heads up! Its important to see a "Driver Friendly" DOT fmcsa CME doctor! As you know examination finding can vary depending on circumstances which you may not be aware of. The most critical part of an evaluation are parts which affect the drivers ability to perform his job as a driver. As you all know by now on May 21, 2014, Federal law regarding fmcsa required physical examination changed with most of the rules focused on the Licensed Health Care Providers (LHCP), and reporting requirements now required of each doctor performing evaluations as a Certified Medical Examiner (CME).

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/medical/driver-medical-requirements/driver-medical-fitness-duty

Your Certification period depends on several factors. Medications, Past Surgeries, Diagnosed Conditions, Blood Sugar, and Blood Pressure can determine your certification period, just to name a few!

With no surprize, High Blood Pressure is the #1 cause of a reduced Certification Period!

See chart below

Reading Re-Certification 140-159/90-99 Stage 1 1 year Certification 1 year if <140/90 One Time Cert for 3 months if 141-159/91-99 160-179/100-109 Stage 2 One time certification 1 year from date of exam if < 140/90 For 3 months >180/110 Stage 3 6 months from Date 6 month if < 140/90 of Exam if < 140/90

Once its on the record you have Hypertension , you will never have a certification greater than 1 year. shocked.png

If you are ever in Stage 3, Your are DISQUALIFIED until your BP is within normal limits. You will never have a certification period for greater than 6 months, and your BP must be below 140/90 in order to continue to drive. wtf.gif

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-effect-driver-certification-based-fmcsa-hypertension-stages

Where you go and how the blood pressure is taken can make the difference! We all know about a truck drivers life, and the stress you deal with every day! However, if you go to one of those large corporate owned urgent care centers. Your blood pressure is likely to go up after a 3 -4 hour wait. How the blood pressure is taken also plays a factor in borderline cases. You can affect the blood pressure by 10 points knowing a few simple tricks.

We are developing a "Driver Friendly" Network in Texas. My office is in Corpus Christi but we have offices networked throughout the state!

Feel Free to ask any questions regarding your health and your DOT Physical Examination.

DrW, "Texas Trucking Network"

If you can let me know of any affiliated Dr's in IL I would greatly appreciate it. My Medical card is for one year due to hypertension (hereditary and on meds...reading was 138/80 on physical day...BMI is good and exercise). Thanks!

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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