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Old 08-16-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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No first aid kit?

Responded to a MAYDAY, found an anchored sailboat where the owner lost a finger to the wildcat. There was a doctor on board but no first aid kit. The doctor had to use rags and duct tape to treat the wound. Got the injured person to shore where EMTs were waiting. Time to check out those first aid kits and replenish bandages, tape, etc., and replace out of date medications.

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Old 08-16-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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We just had a thread "First Aid Kits on Boats". Your post points out the importance of a good one being on board. There was much good info contributed on that thread. For new members and ones that missed it, it would be good to take a look. Just hit the search button, and put in the thread name.

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Old 08-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #3
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My wife and I have been licensed and active EMT's for the last 20 years. Over the last few, we developed a couple of presentations about the first 3 things to do in a medical emergency onboard (not a cut but something serious like a finger being lost as above, a cardiac event, a stroke, anaphylactic shock, etc). We've given it to about 2,000 boaters so far and are doing a couple more presentations of it over the next few months - at the SSCA GAM in Annapolis at the end of September and River Dunes Marina in Oriental, NC the first weekend in November. These are basic skills that everyone should know when you're on a boat.

I'm glad to see the situation done above was a MAYDAY. You're way more apt to issue a MAYDAY for a medical emergency than for a boat taking on water and yet most people make the call very late.
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