This four day course is an advanced first aid qualification for people who work at sea up to 150 miles from a safe haven as well as for leisure sailors considering blue water cruising.
One of the biggest issues when someone is injured or falls ill on board a vessel out at sea is the length of time it can take for emergency services to reach the casualty. The Proficiency in Medical First Aid On Board Ship course provides the level of knowledge sufficient to enable crew to take immediate action in the case of injury or illness and to be able to care for the casualty and prepare for their evacuation whilst awaiting for assistance.
The course which is a combination of lectures, case studies and practical sessions will cover:
- Scene Management
- The Unconscious Casualty
- Wounds and Injuries
- Head Injury
- Fractures and Dislocation
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Spinal Injury
- Temperature Extremes
- Care of the Rescued Casualty
- Medical Emergencies
- Casualty Handling
- Equipment and Information
- Heath and Hygiene
The candidates must be at least 16 years old
The course which is run from our training centre in Emsworth Yacht Harbour starts at 9.00am and finishes at approximately 5.30pm.
Tea, coffee and all equipment to complete the course including the St Johns / Red Cross First Aid Manual will be provided. You just need to bring a notepad. Lunch can be obtained from the Deck Cafe on site or the village which is a short walk away or alternatively bring a packed lunch with you
The MCA STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid on Board Ship Course is in accordance with Regulation VI/4 of the Annex to the STCW Convention and Section A-VI/4 (1-3) of the STCW Code and the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations 1997.
Module 1: Scene Management
Assessment of the situation
Recognition and management of dangers
Raising the alarm
Principles and priorities of first aid
Assessment of the casualty
Dealing with the aftermath
Recognition of dangers
Scene and casualty assessment (simulation)
Module 2: Resuscitation
Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory and circulatory system
Recognition of hypoxia and asphyxia
Management of choking
Primary assessment of the casualty – DR ABC
Chain of Survival
Basic Life Support - resuscitation techniques in accordance with the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines
Use of Adjuncts in Basic Life support – face shield, face mask, oropharyngeal airway
Perform basic life support on a resuscitation manikin
Use of adjuncts on a training manikin
Perform back slaps and abdominal thrusts on a training manikin
Module 3: The Unconscious Casualty
Causes, recognition and management of the unconscious casualty
Primary and secondary assessment
Primary and secondary assessment on a simulated casualty
The recovery position on a simulated casualty
Assessment of level of consciousness
Observation of pupils
Module 4: Shock
Causes, recognition and management of shock
Positioning a casualty in shock, including modifications necessary because of specific injuries.
Module 5: Bleeding
Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system
Recognition and management of arterial, venous and capillary bleeding
Fundamentals of bleeding control – pressure and elevation
Use of first aid dressings to achieve fundamentals of treatment
Use of alternatives to first aid dressings to achieve fundamentals of treatment
Identification of pressure points used in indirect pressure
Dressing a wound where there is a retained foreign body
Module 6: Wounds and Injuries
Causes, recognition and management of types of wounds
Causes, recognition and management of injuries including open and closed chest injury, open and closed abdominal injury, impalement, crush, amputation and eye injury, blast injuries.
Protruding object wound dressing
Eye irrigation and use of eye pad
3 sided flap valve dressing
Positioning of the casualty appropriate to injury (conscious, in shock and unconscious
Module 7: Burns
Causes, recognition and management of burns (heat and cold)
Severity and complexity of a burn
Use of special burns dressings
Prevention of complications
Use of dressings
Module 8: Head Injury
Causes of head injury
Associated injuries and complications
Recognition and management of concussion and compression
Observation of the casualty
Management of head wounds
Observation of the level of consciousness
Observation of the pupils
Monitoring other observations
Module 9: Fractures and Dislocation
Anatomy and physiology of the musculo-skeletal system
Causes, types, recognition and management of fractures
Immobilisation and methods available
Complications associated with specific fractures – jaw, skull, pelvis, femur, rib.
Complications associated with dislocation
Simple immobilisation of upper and lower limbs using triangular bandages
Immobilisation using splints
Dressing and immobilisation of protruding bone
Module 10: Soft Tissue Injury
Causes, recognition and management of sprains and strains
Module 11: Spinal Injury
Causes, recognition and management of spinal injuries.
Recognition of neurological deficit
Airway management in cervical spine injury
Spinal recovery position
Jaw thrust and chin lift on training mannikin
Log rolling of simulated casualty
Use of cervical collars
Use of stretchers and immobilisation techniques
Module 12: Poisoning
Definition, causes, recognition and management of poisoning
Scene and casualty assessment
Specific poison management
Sources of information
Reference materials on dangerous goods cargoes
Causes, recognition and treatment of bites and stings
Role play exercises/demonstrations to reinforce the above with particular reference to identifying and accessing information that is relevant to specific circumstances
Module 13: Temperature Extremes
Causes, recognition and management of hypothermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Assessing skin temperature
Module 14: Care of the Rescued Casualty
Effect of temperature extremes – hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke
Sunburn, Frostbite, Immersion Foot
Rescue from the water including rescue collapse
Emotional aspects of rescue
Recognition and management of drowning, near drowning and secondary drowning
Recognition and management of dehydration
Module 15: Medical emergencies
Causes, recognition and management of medical emergencies e.g. chest pain, asthma, hypoglycaemia and seizures.
Positioning a casualty according to medical condition
Module 16: Casualty Handling
Basic principles of casualty and manual handling
Equipment available on board
Consideration of the condition of the casualty
Exercises to demonstrate the principles of casualty handling
Module 17: Communications
Raising the alarm on board
Reporting on the casualty’s condition
Accident reporting and record keeping
Communicating with the casualty and assistance
Radio Medical Advice
Reporting on simulated casualty situation
Module 18: Equipment and Information
Equipment and pharmaceuticals available on board
Sources of Information on board, including the Ship Captain’s Medical Guide
Familiarisation with equipment and information sources as available
Module 19: Health and Hygiene
Means of sterilisation and disinfection
Management of body fluid spillages
Blood borne infection
Prevention of contamination including use of gloves
Medications available on board for use in a first aid situation – GTN, salbutamol inhaler, pain relief
MCA Proficiency In Medical First Aid On Board Ship - FAQ’s
These are a few of the questions we get asked by people booking on the MCA STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid Course. If you have any further queries or are unsure whether this is the course for you please call us on 01243 432485 and we will be only too happy to chat to you.
What time does the MCA Medical First Aid Course start and finish?
Typically we start at 9.00am and finish at about 5.30pm with an hour break for lunch
What is included in the course fee?
The price includes a copy of the St Johns Ambulance / British Red Cross First Aid Manual and additional course notes
What do I need to bring?
You just need to bring a notepad with you (ideally A4 size).
Where is the course held?
It will be held at Classroom 1 in Emsworth Yacht Harbour, Thorney Road, Emsworth, Hants PO10 8BP
What qualifications or experience do I need to complete the MCA Proficiency in Medical First Aid Course
You don’t need any prior qualifications to complete this course.
Are there any exams?
At the end of the course there will be a practical assessment.
What qualification will I get once I have completed the course
On successful completion of the course you will be issued with the MCA STCW Prociciency in Medical First Aid Certificate.
How many people will there be on the course?
We have a maximum of 6 people on a course.
How long is the certificate valid for?
It is valid for 5 years.
Do I need to do this course?
This course has been designed for anyone who may be responsible for carrying out First Aid duties on vessels that go up to 150 miles from a safe haven but it is useful for any person who goes offshore in their boat.
It is also a requirement for anyone who wants to obtain the MCA Cetrificates of Competences at an operational level e.g., Chief Mate qualification and for those who may be completing the PYA interior steward/ stewardess certificate.
How do I book
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or to discuss your requirements you can contact us seven days a week from 8.00a.m to 7.30pm on 01243 432485 or 07702 842190