MEDICAL EXAM OVERVIEW
The ACT site is located at 5200 m in a remote location. Working at high altitude requires medical clearance from a doctor. The MMA Memo No .162 provides more information about medical and physiological considerations for working at a high altitude site.
- All ACT team members required to work on the site must consult their physicians to verify there are no medical conditions that make it inadvisable to work at high altitude.
- ACT or the designated sponsoring institution shall pay for the medical exam.
- It is each individual's responsibility to have the required medical exams performed before arrival to Chile. Everyone should consult their doctor annually.
Medical Protocols for Working in High Altitude
- ACT follows the ACHS (Asociación Chilena de Seguridad) norm for the medical examination
- Physical Exam Battery
- Medical checkup (Including Body Mass Index)
- Electrocardiogram without stress condition
- Electrocardiogram under stress conditions (if requested)
- Glicemia (Glucose)
- PA chest X-ray (if requested)
- Basal Spirometry
According to ACHS, the following conditions are qualified as absolute contraindications for altitude exposure:
- Kidney transplants or kidney failure (moderate or severe)
- Record of heart failure • Record of vascular encephalic failure
- Epilepsy with convulsions
- Insulin dependent diabetes (when locations of the work is an isolated place)
Relative contraindications are temporary conditions, which are modifiable on a short or medium term (6 months) through control of the pathology or risk factor. Once the following are modified, ascent will be authorized:
- Any chronic unbalanced pathology
- Body mass index of greater than or equal to 35 (weight in kilograms/height squared in meters)
- Moderate or severe cholesterol levels LDL/HDL>3.5 or triglycerides > 500 mg/dl
- Hemoglobin over 18.7 gr/dl in men, and over 18 gr/dl in women
- Severe anemia with hemoglobin less than 8 grams
- Hyptertension with diastolic pressure <90 mm hg