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Document ID (ISN)25320
CIS number 76-1134
ISSN - Serial title 0959-8146 - British Medical Journal
Year 1976
Convention or series no.
Title The North Sea.
Bibliographic information 20 Mar. 1976, Vol.1, No.6011, p.705-706. Illus.
Abstract The National Health Service does not have responsibility for medical care outside Great Britain, and thus the care of the crews of the rigs, pipelaying barges and support ships has to be organised by the companies concerned. A system of medical auxiliaries (medics) developed at Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) is described. After training in accident nursing, they first work as assistants to an experienced medic before taking on a single-handed assignment. They are backed by 8 doctors on shore. The doctors also provide an occupational health service, including pre-employment medical examinations. The closest medical supervision is given to divers, and over 9 years the group has accumulated detailed records of 2,500 divers and is undertaking several long-term research projects. Present results suggest that bone necrosis is likely only in divers working below 60m, the critical factor being the number of compression/decompression cycles. Saturation diving may be safer than a series of shorter dives.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; diving; offshore oil extraction; petroleum and natural gas industry; plant health services
Descriptors (secondary) saturation diving; medical supervision; long-term study; osteonecrosis
Document type -
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry
Occupational health services