Taking your boat out on the water is definitely an exciting activity. However, you need to be prepared in case of an emergency. Not only should you have a well-stocked first aid kit, but you also must have a certain level of ability in administering first aid needed. So before even setting out on the water, your first aid kit and training should be addressed.
As the boater, you must ensure that you are aware of any medical problems your passengers have or take medication for, making certain they have enough medicine with them. You must brief everyone on potential dangers on board a boat prior to departure. Accidents can happen, and first aid treatment should be made available on your craft.
First aid is the initial assistance given to a victim of injury or suffering from illness. It consists of quite simple techniques that can be performed with basic equipment. First aid is usually administered by a non-expert until professional medical assistance is made available.
First aid helps ensure that the right ways of managing medical help are given. Having the knowledge in helping others during an emergency situation is important because it only takes as little as 6 minutes for the human brain to puff out because of a lack of oxygen. This means that incompetence and misinformation can worsen the situation.
The ability to administer first aid also gives you an opportunity to help during certain emergency situations. In case of health-related issues such as a heart attack, or if a natural disaster happens, or if someone ingests dangerous substances, being a person with knowledge in first aid turns you into valuable support not only to the victims but also to professional emergency responders and health professionals.
Here are some of the most important items you should have on your boat's first aid kit.
First Aid Manual
Equip your boat with a really good, comprehensive first aid manual. Look for one that is easily understandable. People tend to panic in an emergency, but if you have easy to understand guidelines, you would know what to do. A good first aid guide is easily accessible, takes you to progressive first aid care. It is recommended to read and understand it, become familiar with the layout before you even need it.
For Inshore Boating
A rudimentary first aid kit will be needed for inshore boating. Pack your kit with sea sickness tablets, headache tablets, and asthma treatment. Also, don't forget to include these items: plasters, wound dressings, triangular bandages, and a thermal protective aid.
For Offshore Boating
For longer trips, you need to increase your kit's inclusions. Be sure to have information on the medical history of the people on board and the medicines they are required to take. Equip your vessel with treatments for eye problems, dental problems, allergic reactions, severe pain, cold sores, infections, diarrhea, nausea, and more serious wounds.
In addition, pack your kit with the following: sun cream, paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamine cream or tablets, rehydration salts, anesthetic eye drops, antibiotics, laxatives, skin infection cream, ear drops, and anti-anxiety medication.
For General Boating
These packs can help relieve pain for bumps and bruises as well as stings.
Sting Relief Wipes
These offer relief from stings above and under the surface.
Good for headaches and pain.
An antiseptic stops or slows down the growth of microorganisms. It helps reduce the risk of infection during certain procedures. Antiseptics include hand rubs, hand washes, and skin preparations. Most antiseptics are available over the counter for home or boating use.
Burn Cream or Gel
Aloe Vera helps in healing, pain relief, has anti-inflammatory properties, and it also helps prevent blistering and scarring.
It reduces skin inflammation and itching caused by dermatitis.
In case of somebody getting wounded while on board you will need things like plasters, wound dressings, antiseptic wipes, cling film, wound closure strips, eye dressing, wound care kits, tubular gauze, paraffin gauze dressings, burn dressings, surgical tape, and sterile dressings.
You may need these other items: tweezers, sharp scissors, safety pins, thermometer, vinegar, plastic non-latex gloves, flashlights with fresh batteries, whistles, fog horns, Q-tips, a compass, and multi-tool.