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Myth Busting: Treating Jellyfish Stings

myth busting: treating jellyfish stings

Over the past year, I’ve been writing a regular column for SisterShip Magazine. It’s a fun format where I take a medical myth and bust it wide open, replacing misinformation with the real thing. My goal, as always, is to educate boaters on handling medical emergencies on the water in a quirky and entertaining way. Please join me for the first installment where we take on the jellyfish. 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.…

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Heat Related Emergencies: What They Are and How to Treat Them

June 25, 2019

The temperature is heating up outside, which makes this a great time for us to discuss heat related emergencies. Out on the water we have the sun beating down from…

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Woman Wearing Sunglasses on the Beach

Eye Sunburn is Real: Here’s Why it Matters

May 24, 2019

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. With summer on her way and May being designated Healthy Vision Month by the National Eye Institute and supported by the…

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Sun Health: Skin Cancer and Sunburn

Sun Health: Skin Cancer and Sunburn

April 26, 2019

Two out of three light skinned people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in our lifetimes. I am one of them. It’s a pretty sobering thing to hear words like…

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Electric Shock Drowning

Electric Shock Drowning:
Spread. The. Word.

Growing up we spent summers living on our boat at South Shore Yacht Club. We put on our life jackets on Memorial Day and didn’t take them off until Labor Day, going to our land home only on a rare occasion to do laundry. Days were spent taking sailing lessons, swimming off the back of the boat in the slip and occasionally throwing one another off the dock. Heck, we’d…

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Wound Care on The Water

Just A Flesh Wound: Wound Care on The Water

Medical emergencies can be scary as all get out! You’re not alone. I’m here with you. The path to feeling more comfortable with emergencies is education and practice. Just like when we learned to sail and everything was new. New terms. New concepts. Unfamiliarity at every turn. Let’s talk about it, learn about it, practice it. As sailors we’re experts at the gentle manipulation of expensive parts. Medicine is the same. I’ll bring topics and concepts to you and we’ll work through them together. Today’s topic of conversation is wound care on the water.

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One In A Million: When Lightning Strikes!

One In A Million: When Lightning Strikes!

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is upon us. Who knew, right?! It runs from June 24th through the 30th this year. This is a great time for us to chat about lightning safety and caring for someone who has been injured by lightning. Anywhere there is a thunderstorm, there can be lightning. Whenever thunder is heard, a storm is close enough for a lightning strike. Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the storm.

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Lucky and Incredibly Fragile: Treating Hypothermia on The Water

Lucky and Incredibly Fragile: Treating Hypothermia on the Water

Hypothermia is a true emergency. Someone who has been pulled from cold water is two things. They are lucky to be alive and incredibly fragile. We’re not just talking about the person who has been rescued from the drink. We’re also talking about the guy who’s been on watch at night and you come up on deck to take over and find him shivering and confused. Hypothermia snuck up on him slowly. What can we do to treat the hypothermic patient onboard? …

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