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Vol 70, No 1 (2019)
MARITIME TELEMEDICINE Review article
Published online: 2019-03-28
Submitted: 2019-02-20
Accepted: 2019-03-07
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Request for professional medical aid on board ocean-going ships in the Republic of Croatia

Rosanda Mulić, Dean Sumić
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2019.0006
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Pubmed: 30931516
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International Maritime Health 2019;70(1):42-46.

open access

Vol 70, No 1 (2019)
MARITIME TELEMEDICINE Review article
Published online: 2019-03-28
Submitted: 2019-02-20
Accepted: 2019-03-07

Abstract

Despite modern ship technologies, high-quality crew accommodation and exceptional communications, the absence of a doctor on board presents an issue in terms of the timely, adequate and efficient response to acute health disorders and life-threatening injuries.
A serious health condition of an injured or sick person, insufficient medical knowledge of the on-board officers, inadequately equipped ship’s infirmary, or scarce supply of medicines are among the typical reasons for requesting professional shore-based medical assistance. This can be achieved by requesting Radio Medical Advice or by activating air-borne medical assistance, i.e. bringing a doctor by helicopter or by Medical Evacuation, i.e. transferring the ill or injured person to the shore medical institution. The Maritime Telemedical Assistance Services are available across the world. They use all the technical possibilities available, including e-mails and very widely used photo and video attachments as well as the emergency real-time live videos. In on-board practice, the most common solution is to use medical advice over the radio (through terrestrial or satellite networks). This paper discusses the ways of requesting professional medical advice or aid on board ocean-going merchant ships in the Republic of Croatia. 

Abstract

Despite modern ship technologies, high-quality crew accommodation and exceptional communications, the absence of a doctor on board presents an issue in terms of the timely, adequate and efficient response to acute health disorders and life-threatening injuries.
A serious health condition of an injured or sick person, insufficient medical knowledge of the on-board officers, inadequately equipped ship’s infirmary, or scarce supply of medicines are among the typical reasons for requesting professional shore-based medical assistance. This can be achieved by requesting Radio Medical Advice or by activating air-borne medical assistance, i.e. bringing a doctor by helicopter or by Medical Evacuation, i.e. transferring the ill or injured person to the shore medical institution. The Maritime Telemedical Assistance Services are available across the world. They use all the technical possibilities available, including e-mails and very widely used photo and video attachments as well as the emergency real-time live videos. In on-board practice, the most common solution is to use medical advice over the radio (through terrestrial or satellite networks). This paper discusses the ways of requesting professional medical advice or aid on board ocean-going merchant ships in the Republic of Croatia. 

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Keywords

radio-medical advice; medical evacuation; maritime transport

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Title

Request for professional medical aid on board ocean-going ships in the Republic of Croatia

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 70, No 1 (2019)

Pages

42-46

Published online

2019-03-28

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2019.0006

Pubmed

30931516

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2019;70(1):42-46.

Keywords

radio-medical advice
medical evacuation
maritime transport

Authors

Rosanda Mulić
Dean Sumić

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