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Seafarer with solitary, well-functioning kidney - fit for service at sea without restrictions?

Bernd-Fred Schepers, Eilif Dahl
International Maritime Health 2010;62(3):185-187.

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Vol 62, No 3 (2010)
MARITIME MEDICINE Case report
Published online: 2010-12-06
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

A 20-year-old, healthy man, who four years earlier had lost a kidney in a skiing accident, applied for a medical fitness certificate for service on board German flag vessels. Under reference to national and international regulations he was initially turned down, but attained permission to sail on appeal. We discuss the justification of denying persons with a single, well-functioning kidney the opportunity to work at sea, conclude that there is no good reason to refuse a fitness certificate, and propose to change national and international regulations accordingly.

Abstract

A 20-year-old, healthy man, who four years earlier had lost a kidney in a skiing accident, applied for a medical fitness certificate for service on board German flag vessels. Under reference to national and international regulations he was initially turned down, but attained permission to sail on appeal. We discuss the justification of denying persons with a single, well-functioning kidney the opportunity to work at sea, conclude that there is no good reason to refuse a fitness certificate, and propose to change national and international regulations accordingly.
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Keywords

fitness of seafarers; single kidney; case report; assessment proposal

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Title

Seafarer with solitary, well-functioning kidney - fit for service at sea without restrictions?

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 62, No 3 (2010)

Pages

185-187

Published online

2010-12-06

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2010;62(3):185-187.

Keywords

fitness of seafarers
single kidney
case report
assessment proposal

Authors

Bernd-Fred Schepers
Eilif Dahl

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