First Aid Considerations for Seafaring Boat Owners

Posted by admin on September 20, 2012 at 8:34 am. Filed under: First Aid

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.

 

First Aid Essentials for your Diving Holiday

Posted by admin on September 15, 2012 at 8:31 am. Filed under: First Aid

Like many people these days, you may go on holiday to enjoy a specific sport, hobby or interest. Indeed, you may love cooking and cuisine and therefore take your holidays in places like France and Italy. Alternatively, you may take every opportunity to go to the Alps so that you can indulge your love of skiing. Or, if you are a massive football supporter, you may well book your holidays to coincide with wherever your team will be playing in a particular tournament that year.

To be sure, using a holiday to pursue a sport, hobby or interest has become increasingly common, especially over the last 10 years. However, there is one type of interest-based holiday that has been popular for decades – diving.

The ‘pull of the ocean’

If you are someone who enjoys scuba diving then you will know all about the ‘pull of the ocean’. This basically refers to the overwhelming urge which people who have been exposed to this particular activity have to dive whenever they get the chance.

Indeed, you will know that the thought of going anywhere but the ocean on holiday is simply not an option:

“The Alps – I can’t dive in the Alps!!”

Of course, diving, especially in crystal clear oceans, is one of the most awe-inspiring and amazing hobbies you could hope to have. Indeed, it is fair to say that you will never get bored whenever you ago way on a diving holiday. However, it is also fair to say that diving is a sport that is not without risk. Certainly, the chances of you experiencing an injury, major or minor, on a diving holiday are actually quite high. Therefore, it is absolutely vital that you remember to include suitable first aid supplies in your suitcase or dive kit, especially if you will be going away to a part of the world where access to medical facilities may be limited.

First aid essentials

At the very least, you will need to have a good supply of medium-sized bandages and tape, and some waterproof dressing that will be big enough to cover a knee or elbow. Waterproof dressings are superior to older dressings as they keep wounds moist but covered. This promotes healing and reduces scarring. They also stay in place for several days, thereby ensuring your wound has a consistent air-permeable, waterproof covering.

In addition, you should have plenty of steri-strips (temporary stitches) available, as well as plasters in various sizes. Micropore tape can also be invaluable on diving holidays as it is great for re-attaching plasters and keeping small and large dressings in place.

Considerations

Wounds are best cleaned using plenty of tepid fresh water (use bottled water if in doubt). Always remember, any wound that keeps bleeding, is large or deep, has something embedded in it, has pus coming out, or was made by an animal, will require professional medical attention.

To view our medical kits and supplies in greater detail, simply browse our pages further.

 

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