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post #14 of Old 10-31-2012
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Re: Medicine at Sea advice

I've always said (and felt) that it's the simple things that are more likely to become a problem. Infection from a fish hook, a deep gash from a blow to the head (boom, flogging sail, etc.) a cut from a knife, concussion, etc.

Emphasize the need to THOROUGHLY clean a wound. Should have on board sterile saline solution, squirt bottle and some Betadine. Flush the hell out of the wound and treat w/ Neosporin or its equivalent.

Years ago I saw a presentation about injuries at sea and read the handbook. The most common instruction was SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. Yeah, right.

And as an aside, and basic seamanship, I would say that "situational awareness" is very important for anyone that's going to be far from a safe harbor. Basically, where the hell are you and where would you go RIGHT NOW if you had to seek a port?

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