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JUCM Concentra highlight importance of screenings for commercial drivers

12/12/2010

A new report in the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine examines the process and potential challenges surrounding medical certification of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

In this report, physician and chair of Concentra’s Medical Expert Panel on Transportation, Ellison Wittels, MD, FACP, highlights the issues medical examiners face when deciding medical certification for commercial drivers. Key elements of the article call attention to the following aspects that are routine for commercial transportation:

  • 5 million CMV examinations are performed each year
  • The average age of drivers is over 40 years of age
  • Higher prevalence of smokers than the general population
  • More likely to have more than two medical conditions

"The aging driver population and the health of drivers make certification decisions challenging. At the same time, increased risk of fatalities from vehicle crashes require drivers be held to higher physical and psychological standards than drivers of passenger cars," stated Dr. Wittels.

Annually, Concentra performs more than 600,000 DOT examinations, making it the largest provider of CMV screenings in the nation. With a network of more than 500 access points, Concentra serves more than 150,000 employers across the nation and treats more than 25,000 patients each day. By listening to employers, caring for employees, developing efficient systems, and delivering outcomes-based clinical practices, Concentra has become the leading provider of worksite employee health services for employers in dozens of different industries.

For more information about Concentra’s experience with the transportation industry, including the company’s full suite of services available to employers, visit www.Concentra.com.

To read the full article and findings, visit www.jucm.com.