Offshore Medical Evacuation - The Malaysian Experience
- Shanty Sivapirathoshan (PETRONAS)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, 16-18 April, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- Conference Paper
- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 4.5 Offshore Facilities and Subsea Systems
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A study was carried out on the current trends of medical evacuations from offshore oil and gas installations in Malaysia to tertiary medical care provided at a tertiary hospital onshore. The purpose of this study is to investigate the reasons for the increase of offshore medical evacuations in Malaysia, how incidents involving workers can be reduced, how to ensure that workers truthfully answer their Health Declaration forms before they go offshore and are the medical personnel offshore adequately prepared to deal with medical emergencies.
Information was obtained from medical evacuations done for an oil and gas company in Malaysia over the last five (5) years from 2013 to 2017. An analysis was done to distinguish the different types of medical evacuations (medical illness or injury related). A review of published literature was also done to supplement the data obtained.
It was discovered that about eighty percent (80%) of the all medical evacuations were illness related and not as a result of injuries. Infectious and lifestyle diseases were found to be the main cause of illness related medical evacuations. These findings show that the majority of medical evacuations are not occupational related. It can be concluded that the number of medical evacuations could have been reduced if Fitness to Work medical examinations were done in accordance to the set guidelines and workers had truthfully filled out their Health Declaration forms.
This paper will increase the body of knowledge on medical evacuations in the oil and gas industry. It will also encourage other research to be done and papers to be written on medical evacuations in the Asian region.
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