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Today we clean up nosebleeds – or epistaxis, the fancy medical word for bleeding from the nose. Nosebleeds can be a big mess and the amount of blood can be scary. Additionally, bleeding in general tends to invoke anxiety for the patient and caregiver alike. We’ve all heard that the first thing to do in the event of a nosebleed is to tip your head back. PLEASE DON’T DO THAT! It will not help and could potentially make things worse. Ice packs won’t help either.Read More
Today we take on seizures. Watching someone have a seizure is a really scary thing and can leave us feeling powerless to intervene. We’ve all heard, read or seen in the movies when someone is having a seizure, we should stick something in their mouth so they don’t swallow their tongue. PLEASE DON’T DO THAT! It will not help and can potentially cause injury to the teeth and jaw.Read More
WoodenBoat magazine-a beautiful publication for lovers of wooden boats, wooden boat owners and builders-has a tear-out section called Getting Started In Boats. In issue #268 May/June 2019 I wrote the GSIB section about building your own onboard medical kit. It was hand illustrated by Jan Adkins and is absolutely gorgeous.Read More
When I was working as an ER nurse, I was always bucking to have a bright red “hot phone” installed in the department for anyone who was thinking of doing something dodgy. You call me and I’ll tell you what I think. Very often I would have to say “Please Don’t Do That!”. In the world of offshore medicine, I am asked questions that make the words “Please Don’t Do That!” spring forth again. In my new regular column in SisterShip magazine, my beloved red phone meets paper. We bust medical myths, set the record straight and learn a thing or two about handling medical emergencies on the water. In this, my first column, we address the jellyfish.Read More