CPAP trial

What are the next steps for me?

After reviewing the sleep data, our Sleep Physiologist will determine what the best pathway for each individual is, and we will let you know what options are open to you.

(Please note, that in some instances further diagnostic sleep assessments may be required).

1. Identified as ‘no current indication of OSA’

No further action is required and you are discharged from Fit for Duty Program with the recommendation to re-test routinely. We recommend that you provide a copy of your outcome letter to your GP for their records.

2. Identified as having more complex sleep concerns

Recommended that you seek further investigation from an appropriate Private or Public Sleep Clinic. We recommend that you provide a copy of your outcome letter to your GP for their records.

We will advise you of the health network available.

You are then discharged from the Fit for Duty Program.

3. Identified as ‘meeting the criteria for a CPAP trial

Recommended trial of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine for 1-4 weeks to establish tolerance, compliance and air pressure required for long term CPAP treatment.

Our telehealth nurses will establish the CPAP trial set up. Weekly communication with our team is included in the CPAP trial stage. We also use modern technology to download data (Fisher & Paykel Healthcare InfoSmart) for compliance monitoring. Once you have established to long term CPAP treatment, you will be registered for our Compliance & Monitoring Program which will provide visibility and confidence that the employee is adhering to treatment.

At the end of your CPAP trial a letter will be provided by our Clinical team to you, however, we recommend that you provide a copy of your outcome letter to your GP for their records.

Note: There may be some individuals who do not tolerate or establish to the use of CPAP. It would then be required that they have a further consultation with a Sleep Physician to discuss concerns and alternative treatment options such as a mandibular advancement device (mouth guard) or ENT surgery. A letter will be sent to the individual, their GP and their Employer stating that they have been non-compliant/tolerant and have been referred for further consultation. If there is still no evidence of tolerance or compliance to treatment we are required to send a letter notifying of their discharge from the Program. If the individual is of significant risk the NZTA may need to be notified (by their GP or Sleep Professional) as a matter of safety concerns.