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Offshore Emergency Medicine

Feb 2, 2016

Offshore Emergency Medicine

 Tracy’s Landing, MD  April 24 - 26, 2017

Overview - Offshore Emergency Medicine offers relevant and practical training for the largest and most remote wilderness on earth. Taught by Wilderness Medical Associates in association with Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship (ONSOS), we emphasize the understanding of body systems and principles of care to best prepare the medical officer to improvise and adapt to the infinite variety of challenges that the open sea can present. This class is designed for voyaging sailors as well as professional mariners. Classroom instruction is tied to the student’s own experience through the liberal use of case studies, scenarios, and hands-on assessment problems in a marine context. Upon completion, students will earn a Wilderness First Aid certification. Previous medical training is not required.

Class Format - This course includes approximately 9 hours of pre-course reading followed by three full days of on-site training. Practical sessions are included. The curriculum includes sessions in wound care, reduction and splinting, extrication, and injections. All teaching materials -- including the Wilderness and Rescue Medicine textbook and laboratory and training supplies -- are included.

Certification - Offshore Emergency Medicine certification is awarded by Wilderness Medical Associates and the Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship. This course is also approved for 36 hours of continuing education credit by CECBEMS for EMT’s and paramedics.

Prerequisites - No previous medical training is required. However, we encourage completion of CPR training before the course starts.

Syllabus - Pre-course: read assigned chapters in Wilderness and Rescue Medicine. Complete the on-line OEM pre-course test.
Day 1: 9 hours - Course Logistics, Introduction, General Principles in Wilderness Medicine, Critical Body Systems, The Patient Assessment System, Basic Life Support at Sea, CPR and AED discussion, Airway and Ventilation Skills, Anaphylaxis and Asthma, Injection training, PAS Practice, Case Studies.
Day 2: 9 hours - Pain Control, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Dislocations, Extrication, Splinting Lab, Wound Care, Wound Care Lab.
Day 3: 9 hours - Environmental Emergencies, Offshore Medicine, Diagnostic Tools, Specific Disease States, Sea sickness, Medical Kits, Special Interest Topics, Debrief, Test, adjourn.

Educational Credit - This course is also approved for 36 hours of continuing education credit by CECBEMS for EMT’s and paramedics.
This course will be held in Downtown Portland, Maine and located an easy walk from downtown restaurants, shopping and Old Port hotels. 
Instructors: Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C and David Johnson, MD

Course Fee: $800. Discounts: A 10% discount is offered for two or more registrants paid in full together. A 10% discount is also offered to Southern Seas Cruising Association members (will not show at registration but will be credited at the time the payment is processed). Discounts are not cumulative.

Cancellation Fee: $50 fee prior to 30 days before course start. 50% of full tuition within 30 days of course start.
Registration opening soon.

For more information contact Dave Jackson, Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship, 207-542-5801, or register at

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