The Use of NHS Accident and Emergency services by commercial sea fishermen in the North East of Scotland

Catriona Isobel Matheson, S. morrison, Elizabeth Murphy, Lewis Duthie Ritchie, Christine Margaret Bond, Thane Lawrie

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Abstract

Background Commercial sea fishing is known to be a hazardous occupation, but little quantitative research has been conducted in the UK.

Objective To describe the demography of commercial fishermen accessing NHS accident and emergency (AOE) services and profile the reasons for attendance.

Methods Eight NHS AME departments in North East Scotland participated in the audit. A structured data collection form was completed by the attending nurse or doctor during a 6 month period (March-August). All commercial sea fishermen attending during this time were included whether or not the reason for attendance was work-related.

Results There were 164 cases of which 133 (81%) presented with injuries and 19 (12%) with illnesses (12 unknown). Twenty-seven (16%) cases had required emergency evacuation from commercial vessels. The most frequent category of injury was 'hand', 'wrist' or 'finger' followed by 'head', 'face' and 'throat'.

Conclusion Commercial sea fishing is a dangerous occupation with many injuries requiring NHS ACE treatment. The relatively high level of injuries compared to illness indicates that there are still safety issues to be addressed and current risk assessment requirements need to be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-98
Number of pages2
JournalOccupational Medicine
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • accident and emergency
  • occupational accidents
  • fishing

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The Use of NHS Accident and Emergency services by commercial sea fishermen in the North East of Scotland. / Matheson, Catriona Isobel; morrison, S.; Murphy, Elizabeth; Ritchie, Lewis Duthie; Bond, Christine Margaret; Lawrie, Thane.

In: Occupational Medicine, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2005, p. 96-98.

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Matheson, Catriona Isobel ; morrison, S. ; Murphy, Elizabeth ; Ritchie, Lewis Duthie ; Bond, Christine Margaret ; Lawrie, Thane. / The Use of NHS Accident and Emergency services by commercial sea fishermen in the North East of Scotland. In: Occupational Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 55, No. 2. pp. 96-98.
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