Paramedic Jobs: Offshore paramedic (Oil & Gas) – What to expect

offshore paramedic - australian paramedical collegeThe role of an offshore paramedic is vital to ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of personnel working offshore or on a worksite. These paramedics are the first line of response and care for any personnel involved in an accident or becoming unwell while offshore or on worksite. They are also required to maintain records and produce reports whilst ensuring medical facilities and medicines are up-to date and accurate.

Typical duties

  • Provides acute health/ medical care to personnel who have been involved in accidents or become unwell while offshore.
  • Ensures that stocks of medical supplies are maintained to the appropriate levels.
  • Supports the coordination of medical evacuations from offshore installations/ vessels.
  • Ensures that all relevant onshore and offshore personnel are informed of status updates in relation to injury management of personnel.
  • Safely stores prescribed medication for personnel and issues as appropriate.
  • Ensures that all relevant paperwork is completed accurately in a timely manner and filed appropriately.
  • Prepare relevant reports in a timely manner.
  • Active member of the onsite Emergency Response Team.

A day in the life of an offshore paramedic

There isn’t really a typical day or even a typical offshore medic role. Each day is different and so is each placing. The main part of this job is to look after the well-being of everyone on ship; which can be up to a couple of hundred people. The medic will treat any illness/injury and do a lot to prevent problems arising in the first place. On a rig there are a lot of people living in a small space, so one task is to stop the spread of infectious diseases. They are also typically required to put safety procedures in place and undertake administrative duties. It just all depends on the environment, the equipment and current priorities.

Typical injuries/illnesses

The extreme environment and unusual equipment inevitably brings challenges. Although every effort is made to minimise all risk, accidents do happen.

As an offshore paramedic you will come across a range of problems that are typically not seen by state ambulance paramedics. These can include chemical dermatitis, hearing issues from excess noise, hand vibration problems from power tools, muscular complaints, back injuries and traumas. These are on top of cases you will typically come across when with a large amount of people.

How to become an offshore medic

There are rigs that need qualified medics all over the world. One of the best online job platforms specifically for the Oil & Gas industry is Rigzone, otherwise we suggest keeping an eye on all of the job advertising websites or contacting companies directly.

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