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Submitted: 2019-02-15
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A Medical Support in Offshore Racing — Workshop on Medical Support for Offshore Yacht Races, Telemedical Advice Service (TMAS), 1–2 December 2018, London, United Kingdom

Nebojša Nikolić, Roger Nilson, Spike Briggs, Arne J. Ulven, Agnar Tveten, Simon Forbes, Carmen Vaz Pardal, Lucas Viruly, Rob Verbist
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2019.0005
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Pubmed: 30931515
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International Maritime Health 2019;70(1):27-41.

open access

Vol 70, No 1 (2019)
MARITIME MEDICINE Review article
Published online: 2019-03-28
Submitted: 2019-02-15
Accepted: 2019-03-01

Abstract

The safety and health of sailors offshore is of major concern. World Sailing (WS) and International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) are taking seriously the potential dangers to the safety and health at sea. By the nature of their sport, the sailors racing in offshore racing environment can be exposed to injuries and other health problems that can endanger their lives. Being aware of the potential dangers caused by the distance from onshore health facilities and lack of professional help on board, IMHA and WS decided to support the activities that are leading to the enhancement of safety and health protection on board. With common initiative, joint Workgroup on Medical Support in Offshore Racing has been formed and the series of workshop organised. The WS/IMHA Workgroup on Medical Support for Offshore Yacht Races previously reached consensus on the common competences and learning outcomes for medical training for offshore racing. In addition, the Workgroup has also set standards for required medical kit inventory for yachts par- ticipating in the various categories of offshore yacht races. Documents were both approved by WS Medical Commission and the IMHA Board. Fourth workshop on Medical Support for Offshore Yacht Races was held in London, United Kingdom, 1–2 December 2018 and workgroup reached consensus on the standards for availability of Telemedical Advice Services (TMAS) for the various categories of offshore yacht races held under the authority of WS. This position paper sets out how the TMAS should be integrated with the practical usage of medicines and medical equipment on board offshore racing yachts. In addition, this position paper also sets out how the level of medical training integrates with appropriate use of the TMAS. Overall, the three WS/IMHA position papers on the triad of medical inventories, medical training and TMAS, are aimed at providing the best possible medical care on offshore racing yachts, by fully integrating each part of the triad of medical support. 

Abstract

The safety and health of sailors offshore is of major concern. World Sailing (WS) and International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) are taking seriously the potential dangers to the safety and health at sea. By the nature of their sport, the sailors racing in offshore racing environment can be exposed to injuries and other health problems that can endanger their lives. Being aware of the potential dangers caused by the distance from onshore health facilities and lack of professional help on board, IMHA and WS decided to support the activities that are leading to the enhancement of safety and health protection on board. With common initiative, joint Workgroup on Medical Support in Offshore Racing has been formed and the series of workshop organised. The WS/IMHA Workgroup on Medical Support for Offshore Yacht Races previously reached consensus on the common competences and learning outcomes for medical training for offshore racing. In addition, the Workgroup has also set standards for required medical kit inventory for yachts par- ticipating in the various categories of offshore yacht races. Documents were both approved by WS Medical Commission and the IMHA Board. Fourth workshop on Medical Support for Offshore Yacht Races was held in London, United Kingdom, 1–2 December 2018 and workgroup reached consensus on the standards for availability of Telemedical Advice Services (TMAS) for the various categories of offshore yacht races held under the authority of WS. This position paper sets out how the TMAS should be integrated with the practical usage of medicines and medical equipment on board offshore racing yachts. In addition, this position paper also sets out how the level of medical training integrates with appropriate use of the TMAS. Overall, the three WS/IMHA position papers on the triad of medical inventories, medical training and TMAS, are aimed at providing the best possible medical care on offshore racing yachts, by fully integrating each part of the triad of medical support. 

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Keywords

sailing; offshore races; telemedical advice; medical kit

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Title

A Medical Support in Offshore Racing — Workshop on Medical Support for Offshore Yacht Races, Telemedical Advice Service (TMAS), 1–2 December 2018, London, United Kingdom

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 70, No 1 (2019)

Pages

27-41

Published online

2019-03-28

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2019.0005

Pubmed

30931515

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2019;70(1):27-41.

Keywords

sailing
offshore races
telemedical advice
medical kit

Authors

Nebojša Nikolić
Roger Nilson
Spike Briggs
Arne J. Ulven
Agnar Tveten
Simon Forbes
Carmen Vaz Pardal
Lucas Viruly
Rob Verbist

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