The paper attempts to detail the benefits and drawbacks of hiring local doctors to support the medical services needed for land seismic acquisition crews in remote locations of South East Asia. The actual conditions prevailing among such seismic operations will be presented highlighting the problems and risks involved.

The management of these problems will be outlined in terms of prevention and actual diagnosis and treatment of disease and injuries including emergency stabilisation and evacuation of critically ill patients. The results and lessons learned will be evaluated and discussed including the economics of setting up a reasonably reliable medical facility.

The paper will conclude that local knowledge, high levels of training and low costs make this type of medical support beneficial for such operations and may well be applicable for similar operations in other parts of the world.

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