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Old 01-10-2014, 08:17   #1
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Recommendations for Medical Books to keep on board?

Good Day,

I'm looking for some medical book(s) to keep on board for when google is more then just a click away. Of course I can find loads of these on Amazon but I am wondering if anyone has one (or two) that they've found to be very helpful; thanks for the assist; cheers.
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Re: Recommendations for Medical Books to keep on board?

THE SHIP'S MEDICINE CHEST AND MEDICAL AID AT SEA (http://fas.org/irp/doddir/milmed/ships.pdf) is a free pdf from the government. It incorporates links to use of the signal flags or code to present an issue, obtain a diagnosis and suggestions for medical care, even if no one speaks a common language.
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Re: Recommendations for Medical Books to keep on board?

Here are a couple more
Ship Captains Medical Guide

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...-medical-guide

Just download each chapter

and the WHO International Medical Guide for Ships can be found here
http://www.stkittsnevisregistry.net/...%20Edition.pdf
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Medicine for Mountaineering
Explains how to treat various ailments and injuries for people that may find themselves in remote locations with no immediate help.
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Mucho thanks for the feed back, I will check some of those out.
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"Where there is no doctor" is for remote locations where first aid isn't enough. The first aid you learn in a class is typically assuming an ambulance will arrive in minutes (still important stuff). You can also find a Wilderness First Aid book which will focus on keeping people going for days instead of hours.
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Re: Recommendations for Medical Books to keep on board?

I have the US ARMY Special Forces Medical Handbook (ST 31091B) on board. It covers A to Z and is easy to use and read.

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I have the US ARMY Special Forces Medical Handbook (ST 31091B) on board. It covers A to Z and is easy to use and read.

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Easy to read and use that is what I need!! I will have to see if I can find a copy of this to browse though; thanks
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Re: Recommendations for Medical Books to keep on board?

Reference books are good when you need to look up something specific (like the dose for a drug or how often to give it). But they have limits. You are not going to be able to read up how to treat a broken leg when someone has just fallen from the mast and landed on the deck. All the books mentioned above are very good but better would be to do the course that goes with them. I now the ships captains medical training from the UK and it is very good. Takes about a week. In Canada they have level three which is wilderness first aid or a similar marine course. Find out what is available where you live, do the course then take the book that goes with that training.
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As a nurse, might I recommend a Merck Manual.
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The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine: Jim Morrissey, David Johnson: 9780970464606: Amazon.com: Books.

I just ordered another copy as it is now printed on waterproof paper. :P

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As a nurse, might I recommend a Merck Manual.
I Carry this one but would be worried that, without training, anyone would be able to use it safely. The Jim Morrissey book is also excellent but again so training would be good
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I keep a copy of the Egyptian Book Of The Dead. And a box of Band Aids.
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I'd recommend Emergency Medical Procedures for the Outdoors, Menasha Ridge Press. It contains pages of decision trees to be used for most any type of accident or disease that occurs away from medical emergency care. The decision trees are straight forward to use and quickly get you to some actionable solution. Its good to have reference books onboard for when you have time to browse them, but in a real situation you may not have the time nor be so clear headed when you are dealing with some immediate crisis like a crew member now with a missing body part. The decision trees keep you focused on solutions -- as well as doing no harm.
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Re: Recommendations for Medical Books to keep on board?

Good thread, one worth saving for later. I've got a couple to add, but can't seem to find'em at the moment. When I find'em I'll post'em.

Also, I STRONGLY encourage getting some training in this area, as well as refreshers as well. It is/they are perishable skills, especially if you've only "played at them". IE; there ain't many who don't default to the level of their training under stress. And by training, I don't mean what you read in a book 5-10 yrs ago.
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