Telehealth Urgent Care for Off-Shore Oil and Gas Platforms
4:00pm - 5:00pmWednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center
Drilling operations in deep sea waters represent a peculiar challenge. Platforms are located up to 300 km offshore, beyond the range of most helicopters and over often turbulent waters. Most platforms keep only 100 to 200 healthy employees onboard, and although onboard crew is carefully selected and trained to stay on such remote and hostile environments, they can be, as anyone, afflicted by acute health conditions. Most are minor ailments, but disembark procedures are hugely expensive and not always possible. Also, providing an onboard doctor for every platform is unworkable due to high costs and limited availability. In that scenario, an approach to urgent care delivery at a distance through telemedicine turns out to be a feasible option. This session will present steps to develop a successful off-shore operation designed specifically to oil and gas platforms, but extendable to all remote locations, illustrated with real-life examples and results.
Define which are the most common urgent illnesses affecting onboard off-shore oil/gas platform personnel and quantify effectiveness and safety of urgent care delivery by telemedicine in that environment
Explain detail disembarking due to acute illness protocols and procedures taken by telemedicine physician to assure aircraft and patient safety during transportation
Identify which advanced examination tools via telemedicine are used most often, including otoscope, skin/eye/throat examination, heart and lung auscultation, EKG and blood tests