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OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

Occupational medicine used to be called industrial medicine, and is a new, ever growing and exciting specialty. It is concerned with health in the workplace, including but not at all limited to prevention of diseases and implementation of treatment. It also includes workplace injuries. Management supports occupational medicine since ultimately, production is maintained and increased when a conscientiously applied program is active. As a branch of clinical medicine, it involves occupational health and safety. Occupational medical practitioners attempt to encourage that the highest standards of occupational health and safety are achieved and maintained in the workplace. Occupational Medicine is multifactorial, as Occudocs attests, including aviation, diving and travel medicine, to mention some subspecialties. These disciplines manage illness, injury, and disability related to the workplace. As the ultimate “Captain of the Ship”, Occupational Medical Practitioners are often assisted by occupational hygienists, occupational nurses and others to achieve their interprofessional cooperative efforts. These doctors must have a broad knowledge of clinical medicine and be competent in some important areas. They often advise international bodies, governmental and state agencies, organizations, and trade unions.

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