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Old 03-24-2019, 10:03 AM   #1
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Wondering what type of first aid kits people keep aboard for extended cruises (Bahamas....etc...)
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Old 03-25-2019, 12:13 PM   #2
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Ron, I looked at many different commercial first aid kits and found that none of them had all of the things I was looking for. Rather than buy several kits to get what I wanted, I bought a fishing tackle box and filled it with the things I thought I should have on board, the HOPED I'd never have to use it.
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Ditto here on making up you own kit. Our kit is in a waterproof Rubermaid bin.

Probably more important, is to take a marine first aid training. I emphasis the "marine" part because there will likely be more emphasis on hypothermia and handling of hypothermic patients. Also, many other first aid courses teach how to stabilize a patient for 10-15 minutes until the ambulance arrives. In the marine world, it may be many hours before paramedics can reach the scene or a patient can be transferred to a higher level of care.

I have been fortunate to acquire Advanced Marine First Aid training through the marine search & rescue that I volunteer with.
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Might be a bit of overkill, but dont tell the Admiral that! She built this bag herself! Even has IV Drips, LOL. Hope to never need that. That medical background has paid off a few times
We store it in the bathtub of the forward head along with the ditch bags.
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We had a Fieldtex Trans-Ocean Medical Sea Pak (soft case) for 10 years and used it. The burn and the laceration kit were worth the cost alone. They also make a coastal kit which may work for you. Lena and I had both taken advanced first aid and other classes. We also had a doctor who helped us with the prescription list which included lidocaine and pain meds. Even in the Bahamas, medical care can be a day plus away.

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Old 03-25-2019, 04:01 PM   #7
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Thanks Folks. I have my TRAUMA KITS from my former job with the PD. But, I think I need less trauma and more specific like the OCEANMED.
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Hereís a reference that weíve used. Itís a nice gut check to see if youíre on the right track or waiting for the return phone call when somethingís not medically right. Hereís a downloadable pdf.

https://fas.org/irp/doddir/milmed/ships.pdf
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:30 PM   #10
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Well lets keep it going. How many of us know how to start a saline or ringers IV? Very important to know basics.
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For boats we run offshore we have the Medaire Global Medkit. We have added a few extra things, such as medications we felt could be needed and a Defibrillator.

https://www.medaire.com/products-ser...kits-equipment
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