Location: At Sea

Future Care notified regarding Chief Engineer’s complaint of persistent painful skin condition at sea with no improvement in status. Crewmember asks to be signed off immediately for repatriation and further treatment.

Future Care Physician Advisor requests medicine chest itinerary and photograph of affected area for remote diagnosis.

Future Care’s Physician Advisor recommends treatment with onboard medications and Chief Engineer’s condition improves within several hours. Chief Engineer withdraws request for relief of duty and repatriation as his condition improves.

The Chief Engineer’s condition successfully treated onboard ship and the expense of signing off and replacement of crewmember avoided.