News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int
Sail-World.com : Safety and your medical kit - what should you take?
Safety and your medical kit - what should you take?

'Getting help for an injured crew mate will probably take more than 30 minutes, even during an afternoon sail'    .

The first time I did a first-aid course was just before I went for a three week sail, across the Pacific. The information was great, but I couldn't help thinking all the way through the course, 'But there will be no emergency number to call - I need to know what to do for a week, not for the first 30 minutes before the paramedic gets there.

Certainly 30 minutes of First Aid Skills is better than no skills at all. Boaters that are in more remote areas should have higher skills and a more complete First Aid Kit. What do I mean by 30 minutes of skill? The ability to treat and stabilize a person for at least 30 minutes that has been injured. Remember if you are home and medical help is needed a call to emergency could have professional help at your door in 5 to 10 minutes.

On the water you are a lot farther from help, even if you are just out for an afternoon sail. What might be suitable for an afternoon's cruising is not going to be suitable for a round the world cruise. However, you have to start somewhere, so here's a medical kit, which is just that, somewhere to start.

Before we list the contents, let's think about what might be needed:

Conditions on a boat can be rough with high humidity and wet interiors in many areas. Any First Aid Kit should protect the supplies from water and moisture. Many commercially sold 'marine' First Aid Kits are not sealed well but some manufactures are now putting supplies in plastic bags. A First Aid Kit can also but put in a Pelican Box or other water proof boxes.

The first kit I put on a boat was 'marine' but all the supplies became waterlogged from sitting in the high humidity of a boat moored in the water.

There are many fine First Aid Kits sold for marine use. I have a medium sized pre-packaged First Aid Kit that I have on my boat in addition to the Small Boat First Aid Kit.

I have put together two quite distinct kits.

The first one is for small injuries on my boat when day sailing. The second kit is one that I carry in my sailing bag when I sail on other peoples' boats. A printed list of supplies is also in each kit to let a user know what is available without emptying the whole kit or looking for something that is not present.

The pocket in my sailing bag that has the First Aid Kit is marked with a red cross and the words 'First Aid.'

Some ancillary points:
1. Remember to check the First Aid Kit once a year for expired items. Medications and Antiseptic items have expiration dates.

2. You should also have a small flashlight either in the kit or close by. There are some small LED lights that are as small as a quarter in diameter.

3. There are literally hundreds of different approaches to your medical kit, this is just mine.

First Aid Kit for the boat:

Antiseptic / Cleaners
4 Alcohol Gel Hand Wipes
4 Benzalkonium Chloride Antiseptic Towelette
4 Providone-Iodine U.S.P. Prep Pad

Antibiotic / Wound Treatment
4 Triple Antibiotic Ointment
4 Burn Jel

Medications
3 Advil / ( Ibuprofen ) ( 200 mg x 2 Tablets )
3 Tylenol / ( Acetaminophen ) ( 500 mg x 2 Tablets )
3 Aspirin ( 325 mg x 2 Tablets )
2 Histaprin ( Antihistamine )
x Motion Sickness (3 tablets each of 2 different over the counter medications)

Miscellaneous
1 Adventure Medical Wound Closure Kit
Barrier Gloves ( Nitrile preferred (non-allergenic / non-latex) )
1 Tweezers
1 Scissors

Bandages / Dressings
2 1 3/4 x 4 Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
5 1'- x 3' Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
10 3/4'- x 3' Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
10 5/8'- x 3' Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

2 Flexible Fabric Knuckle Bandages
2 Flexible Fabric Large Fingertip Bandages
6 Butterfly Closures ( Medium )

2 2' x 2' Gauze Pads
2 2' x 3' Adhesive Telfa Bandages
2 2' x 3' Island Bandages

1 2' x 5 yd Conform Bandage Roll
1 1/2 x Adhesive Tape
1 1' x 10 yd Flexible Clear Tape

Portable First Aid Kit for my sailing bag:

Antiseptic / Cleaners
6 Alcohol Gel Hand Wipes
6 Benzalkonium Chloride Antiseptic Towelette
6 Providone-Iodine U.S.P. Prep Pad

Antibiotic / Wound Treatment
6 Triple Antibiotic Ointment
4 Burn Jel

Medications
3 Advil / ( Ibuprofen ) ( 200 mg x 2 Tablets )
3 Tylenol / ( Acetaminophen ) ( 500 mg x 2 Tablets )
3 Aspirin ( 325 mg x 2 Tablets )
2 Histaprin ( Antihistamine )
x Motion Sickness (3 tablets each of 2 different over the counter medications)

Miscellaneous
1 Adventure Medical Wound Closure Kit
2 Pair Barrier Gloves ( Nitrile preferred (non-allergenic / non-latex) )
1 Tweezers
1 Scissors

Bandages / Dressings
2 1 3/4 x 4 Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
5 1'- x 3' Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
8 3/4'- x 3' Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
6 5/8'- x 3' Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages

2 Flexible Gauze 1 x 1 1/2 ( 2 x 3 Adhesive )
2 Flexible Fabric Knuckle Bandages
2 Flexible Fabric Large Fingertip Bandages
4 Butterfly Closures ( Large )
6 Butterfly Closures ( Medium )

2 2' x 2' Sterile Gauze Pad
2 3' x 3' Sterile Gauze Pad
2 4' x 4' Sterile Gauze Pad
1 5' x 9'Sterile Large Wound Dressing
1 4' Sterile Gauze Bandage with Clips
( 4' x 4 yd stretched w/ fastening clips )

1 1/2 x Adhesive Tape
1 1' x 10 yd Flexible Clear Tape

This is somewhere to start, but what your own kit will finally look like will depend on where and how you sail, and the time you plan to be away. Happy sailing!


by Des Ryan

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106066

1:48 AM Tue 29 Jan 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Safety and the cruising sailor

Related News Stories:

27 Jan 2013  Capsized red hull easier to find - then why not? Here's why not
23 Jan 2013  Britain's rescue volunteers: 8000 rescued, half from leisure craft
15 Jan 2013  The right life jacket with ALL the systems, but good only if worn
14 Jan 2013  Woman dies fending off boat from bridge piling
10 Dec 2012  UK Coastguard Agency asks the question: 'Why regulate?'
09 Dec 2012  Is your hull painted red? Report after yacht capsize
03 Dec 2012  UK's RNLI saves 140,000 lives
26 Nov 2012  Vandals strike Marine Rescue vessel at start of peak sailing season
28 Oct 2012  Product of the Week: Jonbuoy Recovery Module for MOB situations
14 Oct 2012  Freezing temperatures mean it's time to winterize
MORE STORIES ...






Cruising USA







The Galley Guys' favourite shrimp recipe by Andy Adams and John Armstrong,












The final touch - which wax should I use on my boat? by Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising,


ARC Baltic sets sail to discover Europe's 'east sea' by World Cruising Club/Sail-World,








Heart-stopping moment as whale capsizes Zodiac by Sail-World Cruising round-up,


If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,


Climate change could stop fish finding their friends by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,














A Beer Bummel on the Thames River by Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong,






The North West Passage calls: Who will answer this year? by Douglas Pohl/Sail-World Cruising,














Spike in water temperatures evidence of ‘irreversible’ El Nino *Feature
Sailing crew's battle to save yacht lost in the Indian Ocean
Five Top Tips for selecting the best boatyard
Tips for selecting the best boatyard
Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts
Composite Rigging launches new campaign for ECsix
When is a Captain not a Captain?
Free app for managing your yacht
Amazing MOB survival - 13 hours floating, rescued by fishermen
Boater hit by lightning survives: 'It was the worst pain ever'
Inauguration of the new Yacht Club Monaco - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Lessons for sailing clubs - how does YOURS rate?
Turkey's new cruising black/gray water rules, skipper qualifications
Giving up the luxuries of a life on land for Lizzy Belle
Dehler 46, 'serious' cruising boat, debuts July
SV Mystic to carry out OHPRI teen summer camps and voyages for adults
Australian rescuers get bravery medal for rescuing Russian sailor
Sailors and windfarms: Largest ever UK wind project approved
Cooking at Sea? Which cook book should I buy?
Fraudulent yacht broker gets jail for twelve months
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville joins Summer Sailstice   
Retired yachting star to sail again - for the love of her boat   
The quest to save coral - one man's plan   
Paint Guide: Carry it with you on your smart phone   
The mouse is roaring. Newport mooring owners don't want docks   
Being a guest on someone's boat - 8 Tips to get you invited again   
Bounty sinking Coast Guard final report: rot, decay, low standards   
Carbon monoxide poisoning on boats - it keeps happening   
Own a romantic Skipjack for just $10,000   
Classics Rally in Falmouth - historic and spectacular this weekend   
New Polar Code for cruising in the high latitudes   
Croatia's sailing world comes of age   
Textbook sailing errors, but rescued by a passing windsurfer   
Caught sailing in Long Island Sound: The Charles W. Morgan   
Hoax distress caller for mythical yacht gets 3 months jail   
A dream in the making: The perfect (and affordable) cruising boat   
Good Samaritans Tossing A Towline: For Free or for Money?   
How to bail a boat without a bailer   
Pantaenius provides safety tracking for major events *Feature   
Know your charts and sail clear of deadly rocks and reefs!   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT