Sea Sick

With the turn of the calendar, take time to check in with medical kits onboard

It’s that time of year again. Time to buy a new calendar, make New Year’s resolutions and go through all onboard first aid medical kits. First, gather all medical equipment…

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When bleeding, find source, apply pressure

One of the more common medical emergencies at sea is bleeding. Bleeding can be caused by many things but the most common causes at sea are fish hooks, knives, deck…

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Another quick antidote for troublesome condition onboard: overdoses

This month’s topic is about a product that hits close to home for me. Although I personally have never required it, it is a life-saving medication yacht crew may wish…

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Allergic reactions require quick response and follow up

The news in the United States has been filled with stories about the high cost of the EpiPen, a life-saving medication that if administered quickly could save the life of…

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Disasters can happen anywhere; are you prepared?

Medical emergencies happen every day. These emergencies can be accidental, such as car accidents, falls or cuts. They can be health-related, such as in the case of a heart attack…

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Treatment for esophageal spasm range from diet change to surgery

Recently, I ended up in the emergency room. I felt as if I was choking, but I could still breathe. I couldn’t swallow anything. It was a blockage in my…

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Think and drink water to stay hydrated and beat the heat

As I am writing this, I am enjoying the warm 89 degree weather that Florida summers offer. I personally love the heat. Having grown up in Pennsylvania and shoveled my…

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Mother Nature’s surprises can be cruel and hard to fend off

Earlier this year, I purchased a foreclosed home that had been abandoned for almost five years.  As you might suspect in Florida, Mother Nature quickly reclaimed the land and turned…

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Heartburn or heart attack? Women and men are different

Earlier this year, the American Heart Association published its first scientific statement on heart attacks in women, highlighting some notable gender and racial disparities in cardiovascular events and outcomes. The…

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Every yacht should have a glucometer and know how to use it

One of your passengers is not feeling well so you call your medical service and they instruct you to check the patient’s blood glucose levels. To do this, you will…

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