The U.S. Public Health Service has recently published a fully revised and updated edition of a similar publication printed in 1955. The U.S. Coast Guard is considering special regulations which would require merchant and passenger vessels to have a copy on board and to carry all the recommended medical equipment and medicines. The handbook gives information and guidance for the provision of medical care aboard vessels while at sea without a physician on board. It contains a listing of recommended medications and medical equipment and supplies which should be available aboard ships, depending upon the size of the crew and the distance from medical assistance ashore. The book emphasizes the critical need for prior training and continuing education for those members of the crew responsible for the delivery of emergency care, especially certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the ability to establish symptoms for radio communications to medical backup ashore. The book includes emergency treatment of injuries, treatment of diseases, care of castaways, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, monographs which explain the use and cautions of the medications on board, the procedures for communicating with foreign medical resources, and Coast Guard procedures for helicopter evacuation at sea.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The hard-cover book costs $10.25 and is available from Government Printing Office.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Public Health Service

    Division of Radiological Health
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Pagination: 474 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302309
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Newsletter
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1979 12:00AM