|Document ID (ISN)||56810|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0301-0023 - Journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Medical problems in off-shore oil drilling in Nigeria
||Summer 1991, Vol.41, No.2, p.77-79. 1 ref.
||This paper discusses the surgical and medical problems affecting off-shore oil drilling workers in the south-eastern Atlantic coastline of the Nigerian territorial waters (about 50-60 kilometers from land). There were a total of 1300 attendances at the off-shore clinic within 12 months, i.e. 3.6 daily for a workforce of 110. These were successfully managed by 2 well-trained industrial staff nurses who were supervised by an experienced base doctor on shore. Most of the patients were treated for minor medical and surgical conditions such as headaches, malaria, cuts and bruises. However, a few acute emergencies did arise, after which the workers concerned had to be taken on-shore by helicopters for further treatment. Four accidental deaths occurred during the period, one of which was clearly preventable, but there were no major disasters. This demonstrated the effectiveness and significant role which well-trained nurses can play in industrial health.
||occupational accidents; Nigeria; offshore oil extraction; industrial nursing services; injuries
||statistical aspects; developing countries
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Nigeria|
||Chemicals, plastics and rubber
|Broad subject area(s)
||Industries and occupations
||Petroleum and natural gas industry
Occupational health services