The health and safety of personnel on an oil tanker is of paramount concern. It is vital to have a quality first aid kit aboard so that injured persons can be treated quickly and effectively.
The contents of that emergency kit are critically important, and the things that should be in a marine medical kit will be different from those in a standard safety kit. The main reason for these differences is the isolation of vessels on long voyages. It can take days to transport an injured person to a hospital on land, so stabilizing their condition while aboard ship is critical.
First, boat kits should have some of the key elements that an ambulance would provide on land, including oxygen and asthma treatment items. These treatments would be provided by paramedics as a key link between care at the scene and treatment at a hospital. Aboard an oil tanker, a marine first aid kit must provide this type of care.
A marine safety kit should also have the flexibility to be used by higher-level medical personnel aboard the ship. Longer voyages may justify the presence of paramedics, nurses, or even physicians, so the marine medical kit should reflect those skills and provide what the caregivers need to provide the best possible treatment.
Regardless of what is in a marine first aid kit, it must be available on demand. The first aid kit must be shipped to a port quickly so that it can be taken aboard and placed in service for the benefit of the crew. Time spent at port can be brief, so anything that the crew needs before getting underway again cannot be delayed. With over 100 years of experience supplying essential goods to commercial and private vessels, Seaside Marine International Drug Co. understands these logistics and is prepared to supply your emergency aid kits promptly upon request.