Industry Specialties

Occupational Risks

While many people cut back on sleep to keep pace with the demands in their lives, that choice could lead to poor work performances and tragic and costly job-related accidents. That is why it is imperative for employers to stress to their employees the importance of getting a sufficient amount of rest each day.

Research shows that sleep loss as well as poor-quality sleep results in more mistakes in the workplace, decreased productivity and mishaps that cost both lives and resources.

Research shows that sleep loss as well as poor-quality sleep results in more mistakes in the workplace, decreased productivity and mishaps that cost both lives and resources.

For example, it was ruled that sleep deprivation was a significant factor in the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island and the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl.

Investigations of the grounding of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger concluded that sleep deprivation played a critical role in those accidents. In both cases, in-charge personnel were working under extreme sleep deprivation. Besides the loss of lives, the disasters resulted ecological, environmental and economic damage.

“According to the Institutes of Medicine, more than 1 million injuries and between 50,000 and 100,000 deaths occur each year because of preventable medical errors.”

Furthermore, there is growing recognition of the link between lack of sleep and mistakes by medical personnel in our hospitals. According to the Institutes of Medicine, more than 1 million injuries and between 50,000 and 100,000 deaths occur each year because of preventable medical errors.

According to a 2004 study led by Dr. Charles Czeisler of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, hospitals could reduce the number of medical errors by as much as 36 percent by limiting doctors’ work shifts to 16 hours and decreasing work schedules to no more than 80 hours per week.

As early as the 1930s, there was evidence that sleep loss negatively impacted the speed and accuracy of cognitive performance needed to efficiently carry out work-related responsibilities. If your employees are not well-rested, they could:

  • Cause a costly and tragic workplace accident.
  • Lose concentration while trying to complete an important and lengthy project.
  • Fall asleep or fail to pay attention during a staff meeting.
  • Become involved in a traffic mishap while operating a company motor vehicle.
  • Complain that physical problems such as muscle aches are limiting job performance.
  • Experience moodiness that could lead to the alienation of customers or clients.
  • International Institute of Sleep has a number of successful programs specially targeted at reducing the occupational risks of sleep disorders.

Absenteeism

In addition to impairing job performance, irregular sleeping habits and a lack of sleep can lead to absenteeism. Employers don’t want to have to deal with the staffing problems and extra costs associated with employees calling in sick.

“Lack of sleep can lead to absenteeism”

The human body needs food and sleep. Lack of regular sleep and poor eating habits cause a breakdown of the body’s natural defenses, which make people more susceptible to colds and other maladies. That can increase absenteeism at your company. Also, sleeplessness is frequently related to stress, which is another contributor to minor and major illnesses.

The International Institute of Sleep is available to help reduce absenteeism in your company. Our programs can help by ensuring your employees are educated about the importance of getting enough high quality sleep. Make us part of your wellness or employee assistance program.

Transportation: Trucking, Aviation, Train Conductors, Bus Drivers

IIS recognizes and understand the importance of sleep health when it comes to transportation industry professionals.

  • Aviation
    Untreated sleep disorders in commercial pilots are known to have triggered deadly mistakes linked to serious accidents in aviation and other forms of transit. Current FAA regulations regarding sleep disorders in commercial pilots primarily concern the alertness when on duty in the cockpit. Secondary concerns involve the complications and associated symptoms of Sleep Apnea, such as memory and concentration impairment, heart arrhythmias and other conditions that may cause subtle or sudden incapacitation when flying an aircraft.The current policy outlined in the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners, states that any degree of sleep apnea is disqualifying for all classes of medical certifications. The examiners do not have the authority to grant an initial waiver for medical certification for pilots with sleep apnea.The FAA Protocol for Evaluation of Sleep Apnea outlines procedures for testing required to support re-certification. IIS is familiar with these procedures and has extensive
    experience meeting the requirements.
  • Trucking
    IIS is the only nationally available company that is fully qualified to manage your drivers’ sleep disorder screening, diagnostics and treatment by creating and executing customized solutions for your organization’s success.We are not just another DME company trying to enter the new Home Sleep Study market. IIS has established itself as a proven leader in the sleep industry with a comprehensive program with health solutions to meet any situation.Only IIS has the infrastructure and proven track-record to assure success in sleep disorder management. We want to partner with your organization to institute a comprehensive

    Commercial Driver Sleep and Wellness Program which will:

    • improve the health of your drivers
    • reduce crash rates and severity
    • reduce insurance and legal expenses
    • ultimately improve your bottom line because a healthy and well-rested driver is more efficient, more productive and has better cognitive function
    • save lives and improve your company’s image

    Industry experts are calling sleep apnea “fertile ground” for plaintiff’s attorneys involved in truck accident lawsuits, and believe that the sleep disorder will become a complicating factor for trucking companies involved in fatigue-related accident litigation.

    We are the only healthcare company licensed to offer our comprehensive solutions and accredited with the Joint Commission, the governing body of healthcare providers. We are able to provide guaranteed results that no other company can provide because we have the strictest guidelines and standards in place.

    “We are the only healthcare company licensed to offer our comprehensive solutions and accredited with the Joint Commission”

    Should an accident occur, IIS is the only organization you can count on to be able to answer to insurance companies, investigators and attorneys to prove your company has done everything in its power to prevent accidents. Why take a chance when you can get a guarantee? Call IIS today to get started on implementing a sleep disorder management
    program that will meet the needs of your company and could very well save lives.

  • About IIS
    Reducing Risks, Improving Safety.
    International Institute of Sleep (IIS) has been a pioneer in providing high-quality sleep disorder diagnostics since it was founded in 1999. By combining innovation, adaptability and vision to achieve better health for patients, IIS has also successfully assisted industries affected by the health and safety issues associated with sleep disorders.International Institute of Sleep understands the need to provide an effective program to manage fatigue and significantly reduce fatigue-related accidents. Preventative and proactive measures have a profound effect: reducing accident rates and severity; reducing insurance rates and legal expenses; improving the bottom line; and most importantly saving lives and greatly improving wellness.Our Commercial Transportation Sleep and Wellness Program is a comprehensive, turnkey solution to address the safety risk, liability and cost of undiagnosed sleep disordered breathing (SDB) within the transportation industry.

    IIS will provide an end to end, real solution for your organization that integrates screening, risk stratification, testing, diagnosis, treatment and compliance. We are your partner throughout the process, providing an invaluable service. Our solution simplifies the delivery of sleep disordered breathing related healthcare services Including:

    • Conducting comprehensive screening of all drivers for sleep disorders
    • Performing the most appropriate and cost effective diagnostic test: home sleep test (HST), remote attended sleep studies (RASS) /in-lab sleep studies nationwide
    • Providing a properly interpreted sleep study performed by a Board Certified Sleep Physician
    • Diagnosing the 80+ unique types of sleep disorders
    • Initiating the most clinically relevant therapy for each diagnosed driver
    • Providing ongoing supply and replacement therapy needs
    • Monitoring and reporting both short and long-term therapy utilization and compliance

    Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) describes a number of dangerous nocturnal breathing disorders found in up to 28% commercial drivers:

    • OSA Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.
    • CSA Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Without this signal, there is no effort to breathe.
    • CompSA Complex sleep apnea is a form of sleep apnea in which central apneas persist or emerge during attempts to treat obstructive events with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bi-level device.
    • Nocturnal Hypoventilation Nocturnal hypoventilation is a very serious disorder affecting the function of the diaphragm and central respiratory drive mechanisms.
    • CSR Cheyne-Stokes Respiration is characterized by the cyclical weakening and strengthening of the breath.

    Just the Facts
    Industry experts have found:

    • Three in ten truck drivers suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea.
    • Drivers with severe sleep apnea are at greater risk of being involved in a crash. Apnea promotes fatigue, and fatigue is estimated to be an associated factor in 13 percent of all truck crashes and 28 percent of single vehicle crashes; fatigue related accidents tend to be the ones with the highest severity.
    • Studies have shown that drivers with SDB have from 2 to 15 times more frequent motor vehicle accidents compared to unaffected drivers.
    • Situational Awareness (SA) performance = 0.06 – 0.08 BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) -OSA drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.

    Don’t wait another day to call IIS, 1-800-481-3870! Let us help you protect your employees and everyone shares the road with them!

    Saving money, saving lives
    With healthcare costs soaring, it is imperative that the transportation industry take a proactive stance to address sleep disorders, and its associated health complications such as diabetes, obesity, seizure disorders, drug-resistant hypertension, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease.

    While IIS may only account for a relatively small percentage of your organization’s fleet costs, the return on this small investment will save lives and have an immediate impact on your fleet’s overall success.

    Costs

    • Sleep apnea is predicted to become a complicating factor for trucking companies involved in fatigue-related accident litigation, potentially costing companies billions in legal and settlement fees.
    • NHTSA estimates the cost of drowsy driving is $12.4B /year.
    • In 348 SDB drivers studied, CPAP intervention resulted in 47.8% reduction in per member per month (PMPM) health care spending.
    • Using the most conservative figures of a10% prevalence for SDB and a $433.59 per month per SDB-treated driver, a company employing 1000 drivers can expect annual health costs saving of over $500,000.
    • One major trucking carrier reported that high-severity crashes reduced by as much as 30% after they implemented a management program for SDB; their median cost of crashes reduced by 48% when comparing statistics before and after implementation of the program.

    Screening
    International Institute of Sleep (IIS) has developed state-of-the-art screening tools that your organization can easily employ during trucker wellness visits or even throughout the country at designated stops. The tool offers near 100% accuracy in predicting diagnosis and incorporates relevant subjective response data useful in identifying high risk groups and individuals.

    We understand that time off the road takes a hit on the bottom line, so we provide immediate testing and treatment for at-risk drivers, so they can be back on the road safely and without interruption.

    Incorporating weighted values for body mass index (BMI), presence of hypertension, and presence or absence of heavy snoring, the tool also includes other objective criteria for a screener to consider in deciding whether or not to refer for testing.

    IIS also offers all levels of cutting edge home sleep study (HST) screening with an exclusive program utilizing state of the art HST technology. Many physician practices and employer groups find our comprehensive sleep disorder screening very user friendly and well received by patients/employees. The tool can be made available to all of your employees as well and presents a significant health care saving opportunity.

    Diagnosis
    When it is determined that an employee needs further testing, IIS has the ability to conduct full polysomnography, which is the gold standard in diagnosing sleep disorders, anywhere in the nation.

    We’ve designed our program for maximum efficiency and convenience so your drives don’t have to be off the road any longer than absolutely necessary. IIS provides call centers for timely schedulong, test preparations and guidance; as well as conveniently located full service in-lab testing, remote attended sleep studies (RASS) and HSTs in employees’ homes.

    Our studies are true multi-channel polysomnography approved by the FDA and CMS. The in-lab testing can also include Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) titrations in the same
    night study. Our Board Certified Physicians evaluate the studies using actual test data, patient history and physical background (including medication profile), and test time observations.

    Because IIS operates comprehensive sleep centers we are uniquely qualified to conduct all sleep disorder testing including seizure montages, Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), and day-time studies for shift workers 7 days/week.

    Treatment
    Because patients often present with unique signs, symptoms and disease morphology, IIS physicians customize treatment recommendations:

    Board Certified Sleep Specialist Consult
    Sleep disorders are not limited to obstructive sleep apnea. When this is the case, IIS will refer to a sleep specialist who can create a care plan incorporating medication review, sleep hygiene assessment, and even behavioral modification.

    Surgical and Dental Consult
    Some patients are best treated by upper airway surgical procedures, oral appliances, or soft palate implants to name a few. IIS can facilitate ENT and Dental consults with
    clinicians specially trained in treating sleep disorders.

    Compliance Management
    The medical staff of IIS will assist any drivers who have compliance issues with their treatment. More complex sleep disorders require expertise and intervention which is provided by our broad spectrum of physicians, clinicians and nurses.

    IIS is your committed partner in treating sleep disorders. Call today, 1-800-481-3870, to learn more!

Public Safety: Police, EMS, Fire

We are the only healthcare company licensed to offer our comprehensive solutions and accredited with the Joint Commission, the governing body of healthcare providers. We are able to provide guaranteed results that no other company can provide because we have the strictest guidelines and standards in place.

Should an accident occur, IIS is the only organization you can count on to be able to answer to insurance companies, investigators and attorneys to prove your company has done everything in its power to prevent accidents. Why take a chance when you can get a guarantee? Call IIS today to get started on implementing a sleep disorder management program that will meet the needs of your company and could very well save lives.

  • About IIS
    Reducing Risks, Improving Safety.
    International Institute of Sleep (IIS) has been a pioneer in providing high-quality sleep disorder diagnostics since it was founded in 1999. By combining innovation, adaptability and vision to achieve better health for patients, IIS has also successfully assisted industries affected by the health and safety issues associated with sleep disorders.International Institute of Sleep understands the need to provide an effective program to manage fatigue and significantly reduce fatigue-related accidents. Preventative and proactive measures have a profound effect: reducing accident rates and severity; reducing insurance rates and legal expenses; improving the bottom line; and most importantly saving lives and greatly improving wellness.Our Sleep and Wellness Program is a comprehensive, turnkey solution to address the safety risk, liability and cost of undiagnosed sleep disordered breathing (SDB).

    IIS will provide an end-to-end, real solution for your organization that integrates screening, risk stratification, testing, diagnosis, treatment and compliance. We are your partner throughout the process, providing an invaluable service. Our solution simplifies the delivery of sleep disordered breathing related healthcare services including:

    • Conducting comprehensive screening for sleep disorders
    • Performing the most appropriate and cost effective diagnostic test: home sleep test (HST), remote attended sleep studies (RASS) /in-lab sleep studies nationwide
    • Providing a properly interpreted sleep study performed by a Board Certified Sleep Physician
    • Diagnosing the 80+ unique types of sleep disorders
    • Initiating the most clinically relevant therapy
    • Providing ongoing supply and replacement therapy needs
    • Monitoring and reporting both short and long-term therapy utilization and compliance

    Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) describes a number of dangerous nocturnal breathing disorders:

    • OSA Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.
    • CSA Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Without this signal, there is no effort to breathe.
    • CompSA Complex sleep apnea is a form of sleep apnea in which central apneas persist or emerge during attempts to treat obstructive events with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bi-level device.
    • Nocturnal Hypoventilation Nocturnal hypoventilation is a very serious disorder affecting the function of the diaphragm and central respiratory drive mechanisms.
    • CSR Cheyne-Stokes Respiration is characterized by the cyclical weakening and strengthening of the breath.

    Saving money, saving lives
    With healthcare costs soaring, it is imperative that the most affected industries take a proactive stance to address sleep disorders, and its associated health complications such as diabetes, obesity, seizure disorders, drug-resistant hypertension, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease.

    While IIS may only account for a relatively small percentage of your organization’s fleet costs, the return on this small investment will save lives and have an immediate impact on your fleet’s overall success.

    Screening
    International Institute of Sleep (IIS) has developed state-of-the-art screening tools that your organization can easily employ. The tool offers near 100% accuracy in predicting diagnosis and incorporates relevant subjective response data useful in identifying high-risk groups and individuals.

    Incorporating weighted values for body mass index (BMI), presence of hypertension, and presence or absence of heavy snoring, the tool also includes other objective criteria for a screener to consider in deciding whether or not to refer for testing.

    IIS also offers all levels of cutting edge home sleep study (HST) screening with an exclusive program utilizing state of the art HST technology. Many physician practices
    and employer groups find our comprehensive sleep disorder screening very user friendly and well received by patients/employees. The tool can be made available to all of your employees as well and presents a significant health care saving opportunity.

    Diagnosis
    When it is determined that an employee needs further testing, IIS has the ability to conduct full polysomnography, which is the gold standard in diagnosing sleep disorders, anywhere in the nation.

    “We’ve designed our program for maximum efficiency and convenience so your employees don’t have to be off work any longer than absolutely necessary.”

    We’ve designed our program for maximum efficiency and convenience so your employees don’t have to be off work any longer than absolutely necessary. IIS providescall centers for timely scheduling, test preparations and guidance; as well as conveniently located full service in-lab testing, remote attended sleep studies (RASS) and HSTs in employees’ homes.

    Our studies are true multi-channel polysomnography approved by the FDA and CMS. The in-lab testing can also include Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) titrations in the same night study. Our Board Certified Physicians evaluate the studies using actual test data, patient history and physical background (including medication profile), and test time observations.

    Because IIS operates comprehensive sleep centers we are uniquely qualified to conduct all sleep disorder testing including seizure montages, Maintenance of Wakefulness Test(MWT), Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), and day-time studies for shift workers 7 days/week.

    Treatment
    Because patients often present with unique signs, symptoms and disease morphology, IIS physicians customize treatment recommendations:

    Board Certified Sleep Specialist Consult
    Sleep disorders are not limited to obstructive sleep apnea. When this is the case, IIS will refer to a sleep specialist who can create a care plan incorporating medication review, sleep hygiene assessment, and even behavioral modification.

    Surgical and Dental Consult
    Some patients are best treated by upper airway surgical procedures, oral appliances, or soft palate implants to name a few. IIS can facilitate ENT and Dental consults with clinicians specially trained in treating sleep disorders.

    Compliance Management
    The medical staff of IIS will assist any drivers who have compliance issues with their treatment. More complex sleep disorders require expertise and intervention which is provided by our broad spectrum of physicians, clinicians and nurses.

    IIS is your committed partner in treating sleep disorders. Call today, 1-800-481-3870, to learn more!

High Risk

Construction, Manufacturing, Iron Workers, Electrical and Power
We are the only healthcare company licensed to offer our comprehensive solutions that is accredited by the Joint Commission, the country’s oldest and largest accrediting body in health care and considered the Gold Standard in accreditation. We are able to provide guaranteed results that no other company can provide because we have the strictest guidelines and standards in place.

“We are the only healthcare company licensed to offer our comprehensive solutions that is accredited by the Joint Commission”

Should an accident occur, IIS is the only organization you can count on to be able to answer to insurance companies, investigators and attorneys to prove your company has done everything in its power to prevent accidents. Why take a chance when you can get a guarantee? Call IIS today to get started on implementing a sleep disorder management program that will meet the needs of your company and could very well save lives.