We are two day away from the deadline. May 21, 2014 all DOT/CDL physicals performed after this date must be provided by a doctor or nurse practitioner that is registered by FMCSA. This move has been criticized by many as just another money grab or government intrusion on our right.
I had misgivings at first myself. It cost a fair amount of money to take the training required and the test. It also demands time from an already busy schedule. After going through the process I can say I was wrong to second guess the registration.
When a doctor looks at the CDL physical exam form it seems very bland and straight forward. The examination has a history and all the other common asked questions for the patient. Yet stepping back the process is more about the driver and his duties as a truck operator. Understanding the demands of the job and the pressures it places on the driver.
I have been amazed at the number of drivers who have not even had physicals done in years. I asked myself how this could be but if the driver isn’t pulled over and asked by a policeman they may never get the physical done. This is truer if the driver never passes through a weigh station.
Last week I had a driver present to my office with a note from his medical doctor that stated he could drive and did not need an exam for two years. After I performed the history and examination due to medications the patient was on and history of recent heart procedure he was temporarily disqualified to drive. I contacted his physician at the patients request and discovered the doctor was totally unaware of several disqualifying issues with this patient.
With time, modifications to the patient’s medicines and re-examination the patient will most likely be cleared to drive in two months. Had his examination been performed by his doctor he may have cleared the patient and put lives at stake.
I am certainly happy that I took the time to take the classes and get certified. Living in Rolla Mo all my life and being around highway patrolmen since I was born, I have enjoyed working with anything dealing with transportation. From playing and washing my father’s patrol car to hanging out at the troop headquarters I can say I love it.
If you are in the Rolla area and in need of getting your CDL examination, contact us at Moreland Chiropractic and get in for your exam. When you come for your exam be sure to bring a detailed list of all the medications and supplements you take. You will also need the names and addresses of the doctors that have prescribed these medications.
If you are diabetic you need to keep a log of your blood sugar levels and recent A1C levels. If you are on blood thinners we need copies of your most recent INR test. If you have any questions regarding what you need to bring or any special needs please feel free to contact us.
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