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

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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 above and the sun’s rays reflecting back up at us from the water. The danger is more than sunburn. It’s the overheating of our entire body. Those downwind runs where it feels like the fresh breeze has left us and jackets come off is when the heat is particularly noticeable. How Your Body Cools Itself Our bodies have processes in place to keep our internal temperature right around 98.6°F. The…

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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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Harken Video Series

April 8, 2019

I teamed up with Harken to create a series of educational videos for the Harken Blockheads youth sailing program. Though they were created for youth sailors, the information applies to everyone, the young and the young at heart.

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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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Surviving Being Dunked In The Cold Drink: The 1-10-1 Principle In Action

Surviving Being Dunked in the Cold Drink: the 1-10-1 Principle in Action

During our last chat together, we learned about the dangers of cold water immersion and the clobbering our bodies take. Now let’s talk about how to survive it. During every pre-race, pre-passage, pre-charter discussion, we review Rule #1: STAY ON THE BOAT! What happens when we don’t, through poor decisions, equipment failure or circumstances beyond our control? How can we increase our chances of surviving cold water immersion? …

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