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Sea Sick: If crew can’t pass this AED quiz, it’s time for a first-aid refresher

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray We all know what follows next when a TV doctor shouts, “Clear!” It means someone is going to get shocked by a defibrillator. But …

Sea Sick: Disabling tick diseases can be hard to diagnose

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray Something about things that feed off my blood tends to raise the hair on the back of my neck. One of those things is a tick. Ticks …

Sea Sick: Washing hands is crucial onboard

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray In the past, we have covered complex and dramatic lifesaving topics in this column. This month, I want to talk about something very …

Sea Sick: Quick, someone’s choking! What do you do?

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray You are having lunch with a crew mate, talking about the busy schedule for the day, and suddenly he stands up and looks directly at …

Sea Sick: IVs best left to medical pros

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray I have been asked by several yacht captains if I offer onboard training for crew on how to properly insert an IV.  Always a little …

Sea Sick: Spots that don’t heal could be skin cancer

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray May is “Skin Cancer Awareness Month,” so that will be the focus of this month’s column. I realize that the vast majority of my …

Sea Sick: Medical emergencies happen; are you prepared?

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray Medical emergencies happen every day.  These emergencies can be accidental, such as car accidents, falls and cuts; health-related, …

Sea Sick: The truth about norovirus

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray What is the norovirus? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes it as a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. …

Sea Sick: Symptoms of heart attack not what you expect

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray In February we think of Valentine’s Day, and the symbol for Valentine’s Day is the heart. So I thought it fitting that we discuss …

Sea Sick: Update first-aid gear at start of new year

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray It’s that time of year again.  Time to buy a new calendar, make New Year’s resolutions and go through your first-aid medical …

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Multi-yacht owner Paul Allen dies

Multi-yacht owner Paul Allen dies

Co-founder of Microsoft and large yacht owner Paul Allen died yesterday from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was well-known …

New plans emerge for old Summerfield yard

New plans emerge for old Summerfield yard

By Dorie Cox The Hix Snedeker Companies of Daphne, Alabama, is scheduled to meet with Fort Lauderdale city officials in November to …

Yacht industry gathers for Triton Expo

Yacht industry gathers for Triton Expo

More than 800 captains, crew and industry professionals attended the Triton Expo in October at ISSGMT in Fort Lauderdale. Fifty businesses …

No rent, cable, electric bills equals savings by the boatload

No rent, cable, electric bills equals savings by the boatload

I am a former yachtie who still has saltwater running through his veins. As many of you know, it’s been a few years since I worked on …

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