“What’s up, Dock?”
In February’s edition of DockWalk- a magazine geared to superyacht captains and crew- Dr. David Irons, development and technical director for onboard medical service provider Ocean Medical International and Tony Nicolson, former SAS paramedic who is now a sales director recommend making sound clinical decisions while at sea in the event of an emergency.
In the publication there is detailed information about 10 groundbreaking medical products you may not know you need at sea. Whether or not the 140 passengers and 18 crew members affected by a recent outbreak of the Norovirus aboard two Princess Cruise Line ships docked in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale knew about the benefits of having I-Gel on board, your knowledge of these medical products could save your life one day:
1) I-Gel: Available in 7 sizes, this plastic upper airway management device stops an unconscious victim from choking on his or her own vomit. www.igel.com
2) Bone Injection Gun (BIG): An intraosseus (meaning “within bones”) (IO) device used to inject IV fluids into the bones of an ill or unconscious person whose veins are difficult to locate. www.ps-med.com
3) Morning After Pill: Emergency contraception pill taken after-the-fact, meaning after sex, after possible fertilization, and in the event of an unintended pregnancy.
4) Celox: To assist in the clotting mechanism of blood by pouring it into a wound where blood loss is evident, apply pressure for five minutes for this to work, even in the presence of anticoagulants like Warfarin. www.celoxmedical.com
5) Plavix: Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, can be prevented with Plavix which stops platelets in the heart from sticking together and forming clots. Says Dr. Irons, “If Plavix is added to [a regime of aspirin] it works in synergy with aspirin to reduce the stickiness if the blood and reduce damage to the heart.” www.plavix.com
6) Sam Pelvic Sling II: It prevents pelvic injury due to a fall, an otherwise fatal jump, or a highspeed watersports accident in which deadly internal pelvic bleeding can occur. “It fits ninety-eight percent of the population,” says Nicholson.
7) SKED Basic Rescue System: A portable stretcher that rolls up, rolls out, and even wraps around flotation devices to accomodate a rigid passenger who is difficult to transport to an onboard nursing area. www.safetytechnology.co.uk/stretchers.html
8) Tempus IC Telemedicine Device: A device which takes and stores body temperature, O2 and CO2 levels, vital signs and heart activity and sends them to a remote medical team via a variety of communications systems such as Ethernet, satellite phones, WiFi, VSAT, B-GAN or GSM. Physicians have a “leg up” on a patient’s bodily condition from a distance. www.remotemedical.com/Tempus-IC-Telemedicine-Device.
9) Zoll Autopulse Non-Invasive Cardiac Support Pump: Making 20,000 chest compressions possible to revive a dead patient, the device offers a steady stream of CPR mechanisms to guarantee resuscitation efforts that are humanly impossible. www.zoll.com
10) STS Lite Telemedicine Device: Similar to the Tempus, it tracks EKG and monitors other vital signs and photos to send them to a remote medical team. Heeds Dr. Irons, “All the monitoring is done via Bluetooth; therefore no potentially hazardous leads are connected to the patient.” www.safepatientsystems.com/products/safe-triage-lite.ashx
Excited about getting your hands on these invaluable items? Wondering when and if the products will be accessible to and financially feasible for the general public? Yes, so are we!