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Myth Busting: Treating Seizures

Myth Busting: Treating Seizures

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 second installment where we address treating seizures.   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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myth busting: treating jellyfish stings

Myth Busting: Treating Jellyfish Stings

January 2, 2020

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…

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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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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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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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Here's What You Need to Know: Cold Water Kills

Here’s What You Need to Know: Cold Water Kills

Welcome to the three part Cold Water Immersion Series! The dangers of cold water cannot be overemphasized, especially in the spring, regardless of your location. Open ocean, inland waterways, inland lakes surrounded by shore on all sides. The threat of cold water is like cancer – it doesn’t discriminate, no matter where you are. In episode one, I explore the four stages of cold water immersion, and share an important…

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