Since we have some PNW folks here, I want to share info about a great medical
training course for cruisers coming up next month in Seattle
I took this class 2 years ago and plan to take it again, before leaving for extended cruising
with my family
this year. It was really incredible, for two primary reasons: 1. the instructor (he made what could have been dry, checklist information into something truly interesting - and always made us think about the situation critically- not to mention, as a physician and lifelong sailor, has the perfect qualifications) and 2. the practical portion (we were literally suturing pork bellies, injecting oranges, setting up IV rehydration...all things I will be grateful for having tried previously if I ever need them in an emergency).
It's hosted/sponsored by the Seattle
Yacht Club but open to anyone. Pasting info below, which you can link to here:
closes March 1 or when the class fills, whichever comes first. Please let me know if you have any questions- the course is truly fabulous, I have no financial stake, just want to make sure local boaters with cruising on the brain know about this opportunity.
Care for Long Distance Sailors and Wilderness First Aid
Course Director: Curtis Edwards, MD, FACS
Sponsored by Seattle Yacht Club and accredited by American Red Cross
DATES: March 15-16, Seattle Yacht Club
Course Content: sixteen-hour Marine
Medical and Wilderness First Aid
Basics with a four-hour hands-on medical supplement by Dr. Curtis
Edwards on Saturday evening. Course completion leads to Wilderness
Medical First Aid certification
. The course is intended for
wilderness/ backcountry adventurers and long-distance sailors
requiring more advanced medical skills to care for victims subject to
delay while awaiting medical assistance.
* First aid- wound care of burns, cuts, bites, stings, and basic
care of lacerations including suture technique. Orthopedics-
treatment of sprains, strains, dislocations, fractures, splinting
* Medical emergencies (other than CPR) - head
diabetes, chest pain, pneumonia, asthma, strep throat, resistant
staph. infection, seasickness, hypothermia, hyperthermia, basics
electrolytes and hydration.
* Other common problems- eye injury, urinary tract infection, skin
and ear problems.
* Pharmacology the law and the offshore
the problem oriented medical record
, knowing your crew and the job of
the medical officer.
* Cruising and Wilderness Medical Philosophy- "We go there because
no else is there, including 9-1-1."
* Cruising and hiking first aid kits- MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU
NEED, BUT NOT ENOUGH WHEN YOU REALLY DO.
Tuition is due upon registration
- $160.00 paid in advance, includes all course materials.
- Couples discount (single set of books): $285
To register (and questions):
Curtis Edwards, MD:
curt112 (at) comcast (dot) net
or call 360.923.0476
Please include name(s), address and phone
March 1, 2008 (or when the class fills, whichever comes first)
Course Requirements: Age minimum 15 (fifteen) years, 6 – 8 hours of
provided pre-course reading. Previous CPR certification
recommended (not included in course).
Course Instructor: Dr. Edwards is a board certified general and
vascular surgeon. He graduated from the University of Washington
, Seattle, WA. He is a Red Cross instructor and he has
held appointments as a clinical instructor at the University of
and University of Oklahoma. He is a Senior FAA Aerospace
Medical Examiner, and student-pilot with logged time in both propeller
and jet aircraft.
Dr. Edwards is a lifelong sailor, racer/cruiser, and water-sports
enthusiast. Dr. Edwards. He hikes and has climbed extensively in the
. He serves on the Thurston County Medical Reserve
corps, is a past president of the Thurston Mason County Medical
Society and volunteer or member
of numerous medical and charitable
organizations. He spends his time refitting a Cooper 416
preparation for offshore
work and is a member
of the Olympia Yacht