Are you documenting OSA (or lack of risk factors) correctly on the Form 8500-8?
The latest Federal Air Surgeon's newsletter reminded Aviation Medical Examiners about the emphasis on considering the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea and conditions of sleep fragmentation for every pilot evaluated for flight physicals. The latest process, released in March 2015, emphasizes the importance of flight examiners issuing medical certificates unless clear aviation safety risks exist, and promoting education to pilots on the risks of sleep-related disordered breathing.
Examiners should only defer medical applications for pilots who are clearly affected (e.g. falling asleep in the office), and should document in Box 60 (the medical narrative) of the Form 8500-8 if the airman has been screened for obstructive sleep apnea using the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's published guidelines.
New suggestions for AMEs include:
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CAMA, on behalf of physicians engaged in the practice of Aviation Medicine aims to:
To promote the best methodology for assessment of the mental and physical requirements for civil aviation pilots.
To actively enlarge our scientific knowledge.
To be an advocate, through continuing education, both basic and advanced civil aeromedical knowledge.
To promote professional fellowship among our colleagues from allied scientific disciplines.
To bind together all civil aviation medical examiners into an effective, active medical body to promote aviation safety for the good of the public.