(I) PRIOR TO PASSAGE
- Familiarize everyone with Red Cross cheat sheets (we kept them in wall pocket above the Nav Station)
- Familiarize everyone with the medical references on board (on bookshelf in cabin port side, and Merck manual in V-berth)
- Familiarize everyone with First Aid kit and material (Kit under starboard porthole of V-berth, right hand cupboard, lower shelf, above head sink, and under head sink).
- Familiarize everyone with drug and drug indication list, and drugstore inventory (Hangind in the Head)
- Familiarize everyone with how to get help over the radio
- Make sure each person knows the others' medical history
(II) IN AN EMERGENCY
- Make sure you do not put yourself into danger while responding to the situation
- Determine if the casualty is conscious or not
- Check the victim's heartbeat.
- Check the casualty's airways and make sure they are clear
- If the victim is not breathing, do Rescue Breathing
- If there is no pulse, do CPR
- If the casualty is breathing and has a pulse but is unconscious, put him/her in the Recovery Position
- Look for bleeding and stop it if you find it
- Check for fractures and immobilize any
- Once you have evaluated the casualty's condition, decide if you need help
- Get help if necessary by making a Pan Pan Medico on the VHF radio (See Distress Calls)
- 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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