Emergency Medical Evacuation in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

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Thanawat Thanawat
Pornchai Sithisarankul

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          Emergency medical evacuation in the offshore oil and gas industry is costly and risky. Studies have found that the main cause of emergency medical evacuation was mainly injuries to the hands and eyes. At present, it is found that evacuations are more likely due to illnesses rather than injuries. The most common illnesses that need evacuations are gastrointestinal diseases, dental problems, and cardiovascular diseases, respectively. Age-wise, young workers have been evacuated due to occupational injuries while older workers are more often evacuated due to illnesses. In Thailand, there have been no studies on the causes and costs of emergency medical evacuation in the offshore oil and gas industry.

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