Advancements in technology have revolutionized entire areas of the energy industry – especially with respect to medical care. The emergence of telemedicine and remote paramedics means that offshore workers are now able to have immediate access to medical care and remote consultation. In addition to saving lives of employees, remote paramedics can help reduce overall downtime and unnecessary emergency transports, saving companies time and money.
Saving Lives and Reducing Emergency Transports
In the event that an injury occurs on site, being able to administer life-saving medical treatment in a timely manner is essential. Having a paramedic on site who is trained to provide critical care and can jump into action immediately, as opposed to waiting for medical transport to treat injuries, can make a huge difference.
Remote paramedics can also eliminate the need for emergency offsite transport for injured workers. Before telemedicine, if a worker was having chest pains they would often be transported back to shore immediately in order to see a doctor right away. But with telemedicine, remote paramedics can consult with an occupational medicine physician who can determine if immediate transport is actually necessary. Often times, they can stabilize the patient to avoid unnecessary emergency transport and make other arrangements to get the patient on land.
Two Roles for the Price of One
Pharma-Safe remote paramedics are cross-trained, meaning one paramedic can accommodate multiple safety, engineering and clerical roles. During their downtime, paramedics who are cross-trained can provide safety training, perform safety assessments, provide accident reports and even help design a safety plan specific to your site to help reduce injuries and overall downtime.
Pharma-Safe’s remote paramedics also are trained in pharmacology. This means that they can prescribe the appropriate medicine for a situation, which would normally require a visit to a doctor off-site, reducing the need for off site transportation.
While not tending to injuries, paramedics trained in clerical work can function as additional support staff. By being able to fill in where needed and help to prevent injuries, our cross-trained remote paramedics are able to reduce overall downtime at your site through a comprehensive and encompassing skillset.
Telemedicine – Instant Access to Physicians
A telemedicine unit allows workers to consult with a doctor in real-time, reducing the need for an off-site visit to a clinic or doctor’s office. You can also use telemedicine as a preventative tool to perform well visits, which can help reduce the number of sick days taken by your employees.
Pharma-Safe can offer a custom solution based on your needs with our telemedicine services, remote paramedics and even telehealth support. Notably, this is not only available for offshore sites but for remote land sites as well.
The Savings Speak for Themselves
The benefits of having dual-trained remote paramedics at your job site are numerous and impactful. Having access to a cross-trained paramedic is like getting two employees for the price of one, and leads to reduced downtime and substantial savings.
Pharma-Safe is constantly evolving and innovating ways to help provide value and cost savings to our clients. Contact us today to see how we can help you save on your next project.