Sea Sick

Emotional first aid is best tool for cancer patient

As I write this, my mother has just completed her second week of chemotherapy and ended up in the hospital for six days. The chemo, coupled with her other medication,…

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At epidemic levels, the flu virus can be managed with these tips

This year’s flu season has returned to an epidemic level, according to the latest flu data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But what is an epidemic?…

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From the heart, quick tips for cardiac event

When February rolls around, what is the first holiday you think of? If you are in a relationship, you’d better think of Valentine’s Day. And the symbol for Valentine’s day…

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New year reminds yacht crew to give medical equipment a check up

It’s that time of year again. Time to buy a new calendar, make New Year’s resolutions and go through your medical kit. The first step to a complete emergency medical…

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Aid the sick but protect yourself

I have found that most people are willing to help someone when they require medical assistance. There are, however, concerns that we have when thinking about saving another person’s life.…

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AED designed for easy use; update kit, train and use

A New Mexico man died from a heart attack on an airline flight in late April, despite the availability of an Automated External Defibrillator. His wife told a local television…

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Mother was wrong about how to treat that bloody nose

The boss’s children are on onboard the yacht for a week of fun in the sun. Suddenly, one child starts to cry and runs toward you with a bloody nose.…

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If your mate has a stroke can you help?

I have written about this topic before, but it’s all I can think about today. When I conduct onboard CPR, AED and first aid classes, we always review the signs…

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Breath not an option, use hands on CPR

When conducting onboard training classes, crew often say “we heard that you don’t breathe during CPR anymore.” I explain that this is half true but also half false. Hands-only CPR…

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Beware of the most deadly animal on the planet

Besides being pests, mosquitoes can carry and transmit numerous diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that mosquitoes kill more than 1 million people a year through the transmission…

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