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Old 05-09-2007, 08:18 AM   #1
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Yacht's medical kit.

This subject has been discussed here before but the topic is worth reopening to get fresh input.

1) What books do you have on board covering the subject? (Book Search)

2) List the essential items that should be carried in your medical kit on board.

A cruising yacht is often on passage and far away from any assistance so it is important to have some knowledge and good reference matarial to treat a variety of possible injuries or ailments - and have the necessary medicines and first aid dressings, etc., close to hand. You cannot carry everything but what do YOU have in your medical kit?

I came across this essential and helpful download:

Ships Captain's Medical Guide (download & print) or, the book is available HERE

Commercial kit.

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Old 05-09-2007, 11:53 AM   #2
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Good topic to return to !

It would also be useful to get data on the type and frequency of :-

a) documented injuries incurred at sea

documented medical conditions recorded as significant suffered by seafarers while at sea.

With that information the type of items to be included in a yacht's medical kit could match

recorded need.

So, if members know of any specific work on the subject - please let us know .
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I have a copy of the "Ship Captain's Medical Guide". Mine is a hardback edition but it is downloadable free of charge at

http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-seafarer...dical_guide.htm

Although designed for merchant ship use, it is a good book as it covers ailments and injuries suffered in all waters from the tropics to the arctic regions.

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I found a really good webpage on this topic - worth printing and keeping on board:

HERE

And, of course, many tips and advice in our very own JeanneP's "Cruising Dictionary".

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My experience in obtaining certain drugs and antibiotics for the boat's medical kit:

I supplied our doctor with a certified copy of the ship's and captain's papers and a signed declaration that included that the medications would remain on the yacht and if removed they would be returned to the supplier (without refund) intact. The same documentation was given to the pharmacy.

On the strength of this, we were able to obtain scripts for just about everything we required. Copies of these scripts were kept with the medical kit and if anything was used we kept a very strict record in the kit. This enabled us to carry things like Morphine, various antibiotics, etc., etc.

It is extremely important to retain all documentation and a register in case these drugs are queried by customs.

What has been your experience?
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In my search for a basic list of medical supplies to add to the Wiki's "Medical Kit" page I came across an EXCELLENT webpage on the subject HERE by Doctor Mark Anderson.

This page is well worth printing and keeping aboard.
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There are so many websites which are good in medicare and medical kit.One of them is chinookmed.com which gives useful ideas on medical products.
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I tend to use Boundtree for my supplies but I am also DC, EMT-B, Former Combat Lifesaver so I tend to go for rather effective but serious equipment and keep the items that need updated in that condition. My main equipment is in two bags and includes hard collars so for some folks a bit of an over kill.

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I would welcome a concensus view on what to carry in a first aid kit for long distance sailing, based on what is used rather than on what the theory says.

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I would welcome a concensus view on what to carry in a first aid kit for long distance sailing, based on what is used rather than on what the theory says.

Peter Baxter

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Hello Peter,

Is that Falmouth the Search and Rescue centre. If it's long distance off shore cruising, say more than 300nm away from land based medical assistance. Then one is looking at a comprehensive kit, rather than one for simple first aid. The contents may require certain prescribed drugs and medicines. The Basic kit would contain at least the following

C L I C K

In addition I would seek advice from your own GP and get him/her to provide prescriptions etc for the missing items.

What are the common illnesses and injuries that occur on Cruising sailboats - motion sickness can be very serious if the patient has been incapacitated for longer than 48 hours and continues to vomit and dehydrate. Head injuries, fingers caught in winches and ropes. Fractures. ETC..
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Hi Peter,

Good advice from MMNETSEA to personalise your first aid kit if such conditions exist.

I find this site very useful and like the products: http://www.bluewater...om/seamedic.htm

From my personal experience so far the worst was a cracked rib and, at the same time, an over-strechted back muscle which made sleeping for four weeks an issue. A good supply of penetrating cream for all those skin bruises we do frequently incur as sailors.
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After sailing over 6000 nm over about a year, I have found that you need something for seasickness, and some antibiotics for infection. Staff infections on boats are common and must be treated ASAP. I would also recommend some ice packs for bruises and of course some ace bandages.

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Things I have used personally:

Anti-biotics

Pain killers

Needle

Scalpel blade

Tweezers

Tape

Vitamin I (Ibuprofen)
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Things I have used personally:

Anti-biotics

Pain killers

Needle

Scalpel blade

Tweezers

Tape

Vitamin I (Ibuprofen)
The last item may require clarifying :-

Ibuprofen is one of the milder Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), which are medications used primarily to treat inflammation, mild to moderate pain.
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