A bit late, but never mind.
Two good ones (but not nautical).
The Merck Manual. A standard GP's resource that can be read and understood by anyone. It's printed on incredibly thin, resilient paper like the bible, has about 2000 pages of information broken up into systems and mechanisms of trauma, and it's compact.
Another good one is the Australian CARPA Standard Treatment Manual. This is the key resource for nurses working in single
staff clinics in remote
. It takes the place of a doctor in terms of guiding diagnosis and deciding treatment. It's very visual and no-nonsense, and easily understood. I once used it to diagnose a case of Pyelonephritis in the middle of the Gibson Desert (not quite the open ocean, but equally remote
, if you get my drift).
There's also a fantastic book written by doctors for mountaineers who go to remote areas such as the Himalayas and Karakorums etc that covers virtually every emergency
conceivable and describes (with heaps of diagrams) in layman's terms how to go about treatment. It includes things like rupture bladders, head
trauma, broken ribs, but also the whole swathe of diseases associated with these regions. Regrettably, I can't remember the title.
I think that although these books
don't cover the specific issues associated with large bodies of water
, they approach the issue from the same perspective: how would a layperson go about diagnosing and treating an injury or illness in a remote location.
The CARPA manual also has a small useful section on treating lacerations sustained in open salt water
, mangroves and estuaries, all of which have their own unique set of nasty microorganisms (contrary to popular belief, saltwater harbours far more infectious organisms than freshwater).
I'm not a doctor, but I do sail, travel across deserts and I did mountaineer, and I certainly have treated dozens of major injuries and illnesses in remote locations (I'm unlucky to travel with in that respect). These books
were all useful.
Like I said, I'm an amateur and this is based only on my experience. There are also medical
companies out there (especially in the UK) who specialise in preparing medical
kits and training for laypersons going to remote locations (they will also provide you with covering letters and scripts so you can carry powerful painkillers like morphine in your kit). They are free and generous with their information, such as providing lists of what you should pack and what good guidebooks
are available. Just do a google