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Myth Busting: Treating Burns

Myth Busting: Treating Burns

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 fourth installment where we talk about burns. When I was working in the ER, I was always joshing that I wanted to have a bright red “hot phone” installed in the department for anyone thinking of doing something that they…

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Myth Busting: How to Treat a Nosebleed

Myth Busting: How to Treat a Nosebleed

May 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 with…

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Myth Busting: Treating Seizures

Myth Busting: Treating Seizures

March 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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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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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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