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Old 06-09-2014, 08:51   #31
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Re: special items in a first aid kit for the South Pacific

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this was what i was referring to,there is also one that covers asia and south america,i think the title is lonely planet "healthy travel "

Lonely Planet Healthy Travel - Africa - Lonely Planet - Google Books

also definitly get some anti biotic ear drops,as ear infections are common, i find putting a bit of alcohol in the ear after diving or snorkelling is a good preventative.
Thanks for the book recommendation. Looks like a good one to add to the on-board library.

Regarding ear drops for diving, I used to use alcohol but when diving or swimming several times a week it actually dried out my ears so much that it caused an infection. I switched to distilled, white vinegar. The low pH makes your ear canal inhospitable to bacteria without washing out too much of the natural oils that protect the ear. Downside it makes you smell like a salad bar.
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Re: special items in a first aid kit for the South Pacific

If not already mentioned I would include a topical anesthetic for stitching up deeper cuts,obviously after disinfecting.Also, a couple of sterile suture kits.
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Re: special items in a first aid kit for the South Pacific

The recent case of the asylum seeker on Manus Island highlights the need for the need for prompt first aid and follow up medical attention if necessary.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:13   #34
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Re: special items in a first aid kit for the South Pacific

Of course it all depends on where you're going and for how long.
We've sailed around New Caledonia and Vanuatu for short trips (up to a month). No real problems encountered, other than one infected cut. The local boatyard guys recommended Hydrogen Peroxide for cleaning coral/beach cuts. Dilute with hot water and scrub out - never tried it, but it might have saved a course of antibiotics later!
We never washed our food in bleach solutions, although it seems to be recommended by all sorts of people - we never had problems when we bought food from local markets.
Ciguatera can be a problem in bigger fish. Local advice is probably the best defence.
The main things we made sure to have were painkillers - simple is best. Tea tree oil and betadine for small wounds or bites. Pawpaw ointment is good for soothing skin rashes etc. Broad spectrum antibiotics - but not much point in carrying masses of them, unless you're going to be out of the way of civilisation for months.
Basic first aid knowledge is sufficient for most problems. Dengue fever needs fluids and analgesics and rest. The more serious forms might need hospitalisation, but there is no specific treatment - prevention of mosquito bites is essential. I use tea tree oil (not the full strength stuff) on bites to prevent them driving me crazy and becoming infected.
Anti-malarial drugs are a specialised field and need specific advice. Not all of them are effective any more, and the side effects can be horrendous. Definitely to be avoided if possible.

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Re: special items in a first aid kit for the South Pacific

Oil of cloves for toothache!
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Re: Special Items in a First Aid Kit for the South Pacific

There's another resource, in case someone's interested: IAMAT, the International Association of Medicine for Travelers. You join by making a donation, and they send you up to date information on what you need to be aware of where, and include a worldwide list of doctors who belong to the association. The ones I met spoke English.

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Re: special items in a first aid kit for the South Pacific

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We never washed our food in bleach solutions, although it seems to be recommended by all sorts of people - we never had problems when we bought food from local markets.
Having been in Asia for 30 years the only place I am hyper-sensitive about produce is India and perhaps Philippines and Thailand during the dry season with low water tables.

If the fruits are to be peeled I am OK with it. If the vegetables are to be thoroughly cooked I am OK with it.

Anything to be eaten fresh (particularly India, Philippines and Thailand) needs to be considered a candidate for a bio wash.

I also do not trust the tap water in these countries at all. And in all the countries you need to be cautious of cold seafood - i.e. prawn cocktails, sushi etc. I don't eat this stuff except at well know restaurants and 5-star hotels. Big Hep-B risk.
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Re: Special Items in a First Aid Kit for the South Pacific

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. We finally got our medicine chest ready. I said that I'll post the list of things here, but Chris wrote a blog entry about it already... so If you're interested, and for everyone that might have it useful, you can check it out here: The Cruiser’s Medicine Chest | Tweed's World
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Re: Special Items in a First Aid Kit for the South Pacific

Knowledge is power. Download all of Wikipedia onto your phone or tablet. There are apps you can buy as well as ones for free. Without the photos it doesn't take up that much space.
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If it hasn't already been mentioned, the book All Stings Considered is well done and focuses on the Pacific.
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icthemol ointment for gross postules and boil type wounds. malaria and other vacines check with a doctor first and government websites are great sources for this.
I have a question, I take blood pressure medicine and need refills is it hard to get over seas. I heard in Mexico you just go see the pharmacist.
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