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Solo Sail – Which Kit Should I buy?

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Question:

I am 73 and solo sail. I have sailed from Oakland, CA to Mexico, to Hawaii, and am now heading out into the south pacific.I am not sure what medical kit to order.
Thanks, Susan M.

Dr. Jacob’s Answer:

I commend you for solo sailing at your young and vigorous age of 73- Probably the most important element in maintaining your health at sea is a good physical exam, female exam, blood work, possibly an exercise stress test, and a review with your physician of any possible medical problems that might arise during your trip. You need to review your medical history in detail.

For a solo sailor on an extended trip, theĀ  Marine 1000 would be ideal, supplemented with medications (antibiotics etc) necessary for a prolonged cruise.

You may want to read a paper I wrote on marine medical kits (view in browser or download Word Document), which might be helpful in expanding your basic supplies.

Good luck and safe sailing,

Michael Jacobs, M.D.

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Which kit to purchase?

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Question:

1) I am a field member on our county Search & Rescue team. 2) I will be finishing with my Wilderness First responder certification in a few weeks. 3) I spend tons of time in the back country of colorado year round. From ice climbing to mountain biking. I have always carried a small field first aid kit, have have added more and more items over the years.

Can you recommend a kit (for personal use) that I could use while hiking, biking, climbing, etc… in very reomte areas that can deal with everything from allergies to major trauma.

Thanks,

Nathan T., Secretary Garfield County Search & Rescue

Answer:

Nathan, I would carry the Ultralight & Watertight .9 kit and add QuikClot, an Epi-pen and a small CPR shield. You can find the Quicklot and CPR mask in our refill your kit section. The Epi-Pen you will need a prescription and go to your local pharmacy. Thanks

Emergency / Remote medical advice services?

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Q:
Hi there, My husband and I are preparing for cruising in our sailboat – expecting to leaven in April 2008. We have been planning our medical kit / supplies for the last 3 years, and both have some basic medical training. (We also have your Marine Medical 3000 as a good base) What we are looking for now is a good 24/7 medical contact service – are you aware of any? If an emgency situation does arise that we feel we can’t manage/ don’t understand – it would be most reassuring to know (in advance) we can contact an expert and always expect an answer (we have a Satallite phone, and email) Many thanks Maryanne Webb

A:
HI Maryanne- you question was forwarded to me- enclosed is an article I wrote for SAIL magazine last summer- the contacts should be correct- You’ll need to decide which company is both afordable and gives you the service you need- You also should make sure your sat phone has full coverage for your cruising area- If it is Iridium, it should do fine- let me know directly if you have any questions, good luck and fair breezes – Michael

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Which kit is the best for my needs?

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Q:
I am a river guide during the summer, I usually do class 3-5 rapids, and do multi day trips with up to 12 people. I have my WFR and EMT certifications. I also do a lot of backpacking, I do back country skiing in the winter. And I enjoy mountain biking on days off during the summer and was wondering which would be the best kit for me.

A:
Israel, If you are going with one kit – than the Comprehensive kit from the Mtn. Series would be your best bet. This would be good for your river trips when stored in a waterproof dry bag. It has a detachable, ultralight and watertight bag that you can use for backcountry skiing, mountain biking and backpacking. The kit has plenty of room for adding additional items depending on your trip. Be Safe

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Motorcycle First Aid

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Q:
Is there a kit that you would recommend (or a custom list of items) that would be appropriate for carrying on a motorcycle in case one of the riders in our group is injured in a remote area? Obviously a lot of possible degrees of injury, but sprains, broken bones, abrasion bleeding, etc. would be possible.

A:
Curt, If you have the room I would carry the Fundamentals Kit or if space is tight – go with the Ultralight Pro. They both have the SAM Splint, CPR mask, wound cleaning items and trauma materials. There is a compare kit feature button on the right side of the product window. USe this to see the differences. Good Riding.

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