Medical and Safety
Resources for planning for offshore
Prevention and preparedness are best ways to avoid injury and stay safe during any offshore experience. These resources are to help in that process. The more crewman trained via Safety at Sea, First Aid, and more is always the best way to prepare.
The Fleet Surgeon has created this document to assist with planning for offshore passages, and includes valuable information on:Reference books to have aboard, Medical equipment, and Medicines
“Perhaps no malady to which mankind is subject is productive of so much real suffering with so low a percentage of mortality, as the peculiar affliction known as seasickness.” (Scientific American, 1912).
In reviewing the 2012 Newport to Bermuda Race medical reports, there were 54 cases of self-reported seasickness on board vessels. I suspect, however, that the number of reported cases of seasickness significantly underestimates the actual incidence of this illness that may present in a full range of stages ranging from slight queasiness to severe nausea and vomiting. Anecdotally, I suspect that mild cases were not formally logged and some of the cases occurred without any thought toward preventative measures.
All crew should read more from Jeffrey S. Wisch, M.D.