Features September 2008 Issue

Medical Kits for Offshore Cruising

Adventure Medical’s Marine 2000 Kit Covers the Essential Needs of the offshore cruise.

Practical Sailor’s ongoing evaluation of medical kits continues with a review of pre-packaged first-aid kits designed for offshore cruising. These kits address a full-range of medical needs, from minor cuts, lacerations, abrasions, bruises and sprains to sunburn, seasickness, head trauma, fractures, hypothermia, and burns. Offshore first-aid kits are designed for sailors who might not have access to medical personal for more than 24 hours and contain equipment and medicines capable of sustaining badly injured crew. They also enable a trained caregiver on board to monitor an injured crew member while seeking advice of professionals via electronic communication. The three pre-packaged medical kits reviewed were the Adventure Medical Marine 2000, Fieldtex Coastal Cruising Pak, and OMI Class B Daytripper by Ocean Medical International.

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