Re: 1st Aid at Sea & Important Like Items to Carry
Isolated respiratory arrest without cardiac compromise is rare and most likely exacerbation of a pre-existing medical condition such as asthma or COPD.
While you're correct in general, in a boating environment drowning or near drowning will account for a higher incidence of primary respiratory arrest than the usual environment. It's also not true in a younger population. Anybody in a boating environment should be capable of practicing CPR with ventilations. The move toward "mouth off" CPR is not appropriate in a marine environment.
I agree, though, that a pocket mask is the way to go. I actually have an ambu bag and intubation equipment and am quite proficient at using them. I don't carry them on my boat.
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio
Last edited by msmith10; 11-06-2012 at 03:35 PM.