There are few things in life more enjoyable than spending a bit of time out at sea on your on boat. Indeed, the fresh sea air, the sense of space and the freedom to go where you please really is supremely exhilarating.
However, this liberty and freedom can sometimes be cause for concern, especially if you or someone else on board becomes ill or injured.
To be sure, there are no well-stocked pharmacies close at hand when you’re out on your boat, and being even a little way offshore instantly puts you far beyond the reach of quick-response medical assistance. Quite simply, it is up to you and your crew to deal with any medical problems which arise; therefore it is absolutely vital that your vessel has medical supplies aboard which will be of use.
Fortunately, most of the medical ‘emergencies’ that occur on private leisure craft are relatively minor. Indeed, injuries such as cuts, burns, sprains, stings, and puncture wounds can be treated relatively easily when you have essentials like bandages, cold-packs, creams and tweezers close at hand. However, more significant medical emergencies can and do occur out at sea so it is very important that your first aid kit contains items like sterile wipes, painkillers, antiseptic, latex gloves, barrier aids and emergency blankets as these will help you to effectively deal with these more serious incidents as well.
Of course, you will most likely need to tailor your first aid kit to reflect your own vessel and crew’s specific needs. For example, if you have a dinghy then you can probably afford to do away with having an emergency care spinal board. If you are fortunate enough to have a cruiser however then you will need to carry medication that is appropriate for the countries you will be sailing to.
It is very important that your first aid kit is contained in an immediately identifiable bag or box. Naturally, this will need to be waterproof. As well as being easy-to-access and clearly visible, your first aid kit also needs to contain up-to-date and easy-to-follow instruction book or booklet. Having this guidance available can be invaluable as it not only provides you with a reassuringly logical point of reference when dealing with highly adrenalized emergency situations; it also enables you to test your knowledge and revise what you have learnt on your first aid training courses during quiet periods.
Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit on board your boat at all times will help to ensure that you, your crew and your passengers have unfettered access to essential supplies that may well prevent an unwelcome injury or illness from deteriorating into a truly worrying medical emergency.
Indeed, there truly is no excuse for not having suitable first aid supplies on your vessel; so, if you think your boat’s first aid provisions aren’t as comprehensive as they should be, do yourself a favour and browse through our pages here at Bound Tree Medical today.