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Vol 66, No 4 (2015)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2015-12-22
Submitted: 2015-12-22
Accepted: 2015-12-22
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Repatriation rates in Filipino seafarers: a five-year study of 6,759 cases

Antonio Roberto M. Abaya, Saren Roldan, Jose Carlo E. Ongchangco, Regina M. Ronquillo-Sarmiento, Raymond Francis R. Sarmiento
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2015.0038
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Pubmed: 26726888
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International Maritime Health 2015;66(4):189-195.

open access

Vol 66, No 4 (2015)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2015-12-22
Submitted: 2015-12-22
Accepted: 2015-12-22

Abstract

Background: Studies on medical repatriation of seafarers due to illnesses and injuries have been limited. The aim of the study was to describe the epidemiology of medical repatriation among Filipino seafarers.

Materials and methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of records from January 2010 to December 2014 of medical repatriations of Filipino seafarers from the claims and legal departments of different manning agencies in Manila, Philippines.

Results: We analysed data from a total of 6,759 medical repatriation cases in a 5-year period, representing 174 shipping companies and 2,256 vessels. The total number of seafarers deployed from the manning agencies where we obtained data was 388,963 with the rate of medical repatriations calculated at 1.7%. We used the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) to determine the most common causes of repatriation. We found that these were injuries (trauma), musculoskeletal disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and genitourinary illnesses. We also conducted an analysis of the most common clinical problems per organ system.

Conclusions: Filipinos represent the most numerous group of seafarers in the world. Profiling their health issues may help in optimising current protocols, implementing health surveillance programs, and formulating health policies for seafaring personnel. In addition, our study results may help physicians performing pre-employment medical examinations to identify and manage conditions that are at a high risk of medical repatriation.

Abstract

Background: Studies on medical repatriation of seafarers due to illnesses and injuries have been limited. The aim of the study was to describe the epidemiology of medical repatriation among Filipino seafarers.

Materials and methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of records from January 2010 to December 2014 of medical repatriations of Filipino seafarers from the claims and legal departments of different manning agencies in Manila, Philippines.

Results: We analysed data from a total of 6,759 medical repatriation cases in a 5-year period, representing 174 shipping companies and 2,256 vessels. The total number of seafarers deployed from the manning agencies where we obtained data was 388,963 with the rate of medical repatriations calculated at 1.7%. We used the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) to determine the most common causes of repatriation. We found that these were injuries (trauma), musculoskeletal disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and genitourinary illnesses. We also conducted an analysis of the most common clinical problems per organ system.

Conclusions: Filipinos represent the most numerous group of seafarers in the world. Profiling their health issues may help in optimising current protocols, implementing health surveillance programs, and formulating health policies for seafaring personnel. In addition, our study results may help physicians performing pre-employment medical examinations to identify and manage conditions that are at a high risk of medical repatriation.

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Keywords

occupational health, medical repatriation, epidemiology, seafarers, occupational injury

About this article
Title

Repatriation rates in Filipino seafarers: a five-year study of 6,759 cases

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 66, No 4 (2015)

Pages

189-195

Published online

2015-12-22

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2015.0038

Pubmed

26726888

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2015;66(4):189-195.

Keywords

occupational health
medical repatriation
epidemiology
seafarers
occupational injury

Authors

Antonio Roberto M. Abaya
Saren Roldan
Jose Carlo E. Ongchangco
Regina M. Ronquillo-Sarmiento
Raymond Francis R. Sarmiento

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