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The Ship Captain's Medical Guide

Year: 1999 (2014)
Language: english
Author: MCA
Genre: Guide
Publisher: Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Edition: 22
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 278
Description: The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide is primarily intended for use on ships not carrying a doctor. The recommended measures of prevention and treatment are therefore confined to those which can reasonably be expected of the ship’s officers.
The First edition of the Guide was compiled in 1868 by Dr Harry Leach, Medical Officer of Health of the Port of London. The Twentieth edition was published nearly 100 years later in 1967. The Twenty First edition was a major revision, first published in 1983, and reprinted no fewer than seven times, with some amendments, between then and 1993. It stood the test of time well but has inevitably become outdated in some aspects.
This, the Twenty Second edition, is a further major revision of the text aimed at bringing the recommended actions and treatments in line with current medical practice and medical stores regulations. Where necessary the text has been re-written and the information re-arranged to improve accessibility. It is hoped that this revised text will prove ‘user friendly’ and will become, like its predecessor, a trusted and long lived publication.
The Guide is designed to be used in conjunction with Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1726 (M & F), or any subsequent update, which sets out the medical stores which are required under the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Medical Stores) Regulations 1995 SI No. 1802 (asamended by 1996 SI No. 2821). It is recommended this Merchant Shipping Notice is kept with the guide, for immediate reference.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) acknowledges the contributions of the working group from the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Grateful acknowledgements are also due to Dr PAM Diamond, Dr DB Carron and Mr DC Cahill for invaluable additional advice.
Time, medical science and technology will not stand still after the publication of this Twenty Second edition. As updating is required, it is hoped to be able to incorporate amendments to reflect advances and changes in medical knowledge and practice, and to improve the guide. To this end the MCA would welcome suggestions for improvements or changes at any time. These should be sent to: Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Bay 2/1, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG.


Chapter 1 - First aid
Chapter 2 - Toxic hazards of chemicals including poisoning
Chapter 3 - General Nursing
Chapter 4 - Care of the injured
Chapter 5 - Causes and prevention of disease
Chapter 6 - Communicable diseases
Chapter 6.1 - Sexually transmitted diseases
Chapter 7 - Other diseases and medical problems
Chapter 8 - Diseases of fishermen
Chapter 9 - Female disorders and Pregnancy
Chapter 10 - Childbirth
Chapter 11 - Survivors
Chapter 12 - The dying and the dead
Chapter 13 - External assistance
Chapter 14 - Advice on medicine
Chapter 15 - List of medicine
Chapter 16 - Surgical equipment, instruments and supplies
Annex 1 - Anatomy and physiology
Annex 2 - Anatomical drawings
Annex 3 - Regions of the body
Annex 4 - Weights and equivalents
Annex 5 - Medical report form for seafarers
Annex 6 - Desinfection Procedures


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