First Aid Afloat – jellyfish stings

By on Feb 5, 2015 in Emergencies, Preparation | 1 comment

  Wherever you are boating in the world I am sure you will be using a pilot guide to aid your navigation. Often in the introduction to the area section there will be a part talking about different types of sea creatures that may sting you and how to treat a sting. Sometimes it can be useful to do some additional research online as well. One type of sea creature that I have come across all round the world are jellyfish. I am sure you are aware they can give a painful sting. How to treat a jellyfish sting: • Check for dangers • Check for level of response and for normal breathing, treat as appropriate • If crew member shows signs of severe allergic reactions, treat as appropriate • To treat the actual sting, wash the area with vinegar (4-6% acetic acid solution) for at least 30 minutes to deactivate the venom • After the sting material is removed or deactivated immerse the area in as hot water as possible without scalding • Monitor and record the crew member’s vital signs (from the new iPhone & Android app by Paul Hopkins First Aid...

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First Aid Afloat – fish spine injury

By on Feb 5, 2015 in Boat Handling, Emergencies | 0 comments

First Aid Afloat – Here is what to do if somebody stands on a fish spine: • Check for dangers. Is it safe for you to enter the water? • Check for levels of response and for normal breathing • Inform emergency services if necessary • If needed treat serious bleeding • If easily done remove embedded fish spines Immerse wound in as hot water as possible without scalding. Leave in the water for up to 90 minutes for pain relief and to help remove small spines • Apply a cold compress to wound if hot water is not relieving the pain • Clean wound with antiseptics wipes from the first aid kit • Seek medical assistance if necessary (taken from Paul Hopkins new app for iPhone & Tablets, First Aid...

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Fire safety advice at sea from the Marine & Coastguard Agency

By on Jun 17, 2014 in Emergencies, Preparation | 0 comments

Fire safety advice for boaters Top fire safety advice at sea: 1. Fit smoke alarms, carbon monoxide and gas detectors 2. Turn fuel off properly after use 3. Dispose of cigarettes carefully. Put them out, right out 4. Make sure appliances are installed and maintained by a trained fitter 5. Clean up fuel spillages straight away 6. Plan your emergency procedure and make sure everyone on board knows it 7. Avoid fighting a fire yourself 8. Get out, stay out and wait for the Fire and Rescue Service 9. If you are moored near land move everybody off the boat and call emergency services immediately 10. If you are off-shore move as far away from the fire as you can on deck. Get everybody into life jackets and make a mayday call 11. Keep fire blankets and extinguishers close to exits and risk points, such as the galley and engine area. Only use them if you know how to   From the...

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Medical Emergency at Sea

By on Apr 3, 2014 in Emergencies, Preparation | 1 comment

How to deal with a medical emergency afloat   If you are planning a boating trip, it is important to have at least one person on board who is trained in first aid. Responsible skippers should definitely make time to do a basic marine first aid course. If you need medical advice, make an all stations PANPAN. If reporting a medical emergency at sea: Be prepared to describe symptoms including: • Breathing rate • Pulse rate • Temperature • Skin colour • Conscious state • Site and description of pain • Site and type of injury • Loss of blood Be prepared to deal with common medical emergencies including: Fracture – immobilize the limb. Splint a broken finger to adjoining finger, a leg to the uninjured leg, an arm to the body Head injury – seek urgent medical assistance if the casualty is unconscious. Check airway. Put in recovery position. Watch the casualty carefully Resuscitation (CPR) – learn the recommended combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths Shock – lie casualty down, raise their legs above the level of their heart, loosen clothing, cover with blanket, do not give them food and drink until you have received medical advice Severe bleeding – using a sterile dressing, apply pressure to wound to stem bleeding Be prepared to deal with: Burns, Chest Injury, Dislocations, Fish Hook Injury, Heat Exhaustion, Hypothermia, Jelly Fish Stings Ensure you have a good first aid manual aboard. (taken from the Safe Skipper app for iPhone, iPad &...

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