Medical Emergency

(I) PRIOR TO PASSAGE

  1. Familiarise everyone with Red Cross cheat sheets (we keep them in the boat manual in the Nav Station)
  2. Familiarise everyone with the medical references on board (in cupboard in saloon starboard side)
  3. Familiarise everyone with First Aid kit and material.
  4. Familiarise everyone with how to get help over the radio
  5. Make sure each person knows the others' medical history

(II) IN AN EMERGENCY

  1. Make sure you do not put yourself into danger while responding to the situation
  2. Resolve any further danger to the casualty
  3. Determine if the casualty is conscious or not
  4. Check the casualty's heartbeat.
  5. Check the casualty's airways and make sure they are clear
  6. If the victim is not breathing, do Rescue Breathing
  7. If there is no pulse, do CPR
  8. If the casualty is breathing and has a pulse but is unconscious, put him/her in the Recovery Position
  9. Look for bleeding and stop it if you find it
  10. Check for fractures and immobilise any
  11. Once you have evaluated the casualty's condition, decide if you need help
  12. Get help if necessary by making a Pan Pan Medico on the VHF radio (See Distress Calls)
  13. If you get no response to the VHF, start listening to the Ham and Marine frequencies on the SSB (see Distress calls) and make a Pan Pan Medico call.

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