Track: OEM Clinical Practice
Robert M. Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM*, Bourgeois Medical Clinic, Morgan City, LA
Tony L. Alleman, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM*, Occupational Medicine Clinics of South Louisiana, New Iberia, LA
Darren J. Duet, MD*, Edison Chouest Offshore, Larose, LA
CAPT Mathew D. Hall, MD, MPH*, US Coast Guard National Maritime Center, Martinsburg, WV
The United States Coast Guard Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Medical Examinations, Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04-08 have been issued. The new information provides guidance for physicians performing merchant mariner physicals. Additional recommended records and or studies are also listed for waiver applications. Vessel operators or marine companies are required to ensure that mariners are medically fit for sea duty. Very few health care providers have been aware of the NVIC guidance. Several of the recent maritime accidents revealed weaknesses in the medical exam process. This presentation will provide attendees with the information necessary to better perform merchant mariner medical evaluations. This session is sponsored by the Transportation Special Interest Section.