Sea Sick

Simple steps save someone from choking

Over the past few years, previous students have called with successful save stories, thanking me for teaching them how to save a life. Here are a few of those stories.…

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Prepare before the emergency

In October, Superstorm Sandy claimed the lives of about 150 people. Hurricane season officially started June 1 and ends Nov. 30. My question for you is, are you prepared? Is…

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What to do if guests slips or falls

“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up” was a catchphrase of the late 1980s from a U.S. television commercial for a medical alert button. It was used in a number…

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Oxygen meter vital tool to diagnose health

A guests complains he has difficulty breathing. You are several hours from the nearest port so you contact your medical service provider and the doctor instructs you to get the…

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Hand washing keeps flu at bay

It is hard to listen to the news or read the newspaper and not hear or read something about the flu. This year, the flu has been more severe than…

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Lifting, bending, straining, even laughing can cause a hernia

Last November I noticed a little discomfort and swelling in my groin area, on one side. At first I thought nothing of it, maybe I was imagining things. Maybe if…

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Resolve to give medical kit 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 first aid medical kit. The first step is to gather…

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The shocking truth about AEDs

The vast majority of the larger boats have AEDs, Automated External Defibrillators. But how many of these AEDs are working properly and how many crew know when and how to…

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CPR hints to save your crew or your own life

Last week, one of my neighbors told me that her 32-year-old daughter needed CPR. Often when I hear that cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed, I learn it was done for the…

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