The DOT/CDL physical takes about 75 minutes to complete. Dr. Brian checks the patient’s urine for glucose, blood, specific gravity, and protein. This is NOT a drug test. It is up to the driver’s employer if they want drug testing done. We do not offer this test in our practice. The patient’s vitals are also checked, which includes their blood pressure and pulse rate. Heart and lungs are auscultated (monitored). An eye exam is also performed. The driver must pass all portions of the physical. If they do not pass the eye exam, they must see an eye doctor to get glasses or contacts and come back to repeat that portion of the physical before they can pass.
If there is glucose in their urine, they are referred to their primary care physician for further testing. Because all the data from the physical is entered into the National Registry, the driver cannot go to another Certified Medical Examiner to try to pass the physical before going for appropriate treatment. The information regarding why they failed the exam is entered in the database.