Gard and the Norwegian Centre for Maritime and Diving Drugs have launched an modern worldwide digital medical information to enhance medical remedy onboard and probably save seafarers’ lives.
The Mariners Medico Information is a novel app, designed and tailor-made for seafarers. It offers step-by-step steering for treating crew onboard. Totally downloadable, it may be used with out a sign mid-ocean and in distant elements of a ship. It’s obtainable freed from cost to all seafarers.
Seafarers do an impressive job and deserve funding to make sure they really feel secure and get the very best well being care at sea. Creating a free digital medical information to enhance medical remedy onboard, and probably save any seafarer’s life, appears like an enormous step ahead for healthcare onboard.
Medical professionals use symptom-led questioning to collect info to have the ability to diagnose and deal with sickness and accidents successfully. That’s the reason the app is constructed round guiding the person by means of their signs as a navigation software. It has been designed and written by medical doctors specialised in maritime drugs and dealing in Radio Medico. Steering is about out in easy steps and language for customers with restricted medical expertise. The app additionally goals to decrease the brink for looking for skilled help from medical doctors ashore, guiding the person when to hunt help from telemedical help companies.
Throughout launch week, a number of thousand downloaded the app, with greater than 10,000 visits to the Mariners Medico Information. Customers have been overwhelmingly constructive concerning the app, over 90 per cent of these surveyed have mentioned that they’re very happy/happy:
“Excellent that you’ve got made this app. We simply had final month a case with appendicitis onboard and deliberate tips on how to get issues higher finished. When one thing occurs, we’re all a bit shocked and by some means it finally ends up being troublesome to at all times keep in mind the place to search for info. This app seems to be very good and particularly when you may obtain it in your cellphone it is simple to take with you whenever you meet the affected person on location”.
“Thanks, the Mariners Medico Information is improbable, virtually replaces the medical guidebook into your palm in a really good and structured means, excellent info included within the procedures and cellphone numbers”.
“It’s a lot sooner than in search of it within the medical ebook.”
“The App could be very simple to find an issue with any a part of the physique utilizing “Information me” and likewise by means of the physique drawing, by simply clicking the physique half involved. The app is ideal giving step-by-step particulars tips on how to deal with harm and tips on how to give first assist.”
We consider the app will enhance medical remedy onboard in addition to save lives. Because the information is digital, it is extremely simply up to date, and seafarers ought to obtain higher medical consideration sooner. The app has already been endorsed by the Norwegian flag state as satisfying the necessities for the supply of medical care and coaching on board ships. We’re in discussions with different flag states who we count on to observe.
It’s extra vital than ever to safeguard seafarers’ well being and wellbeing. In the course of the top of the pandemic, seafarers have been below huge pressure and stress, which led to some worrying developments for Gard crew claims. In 2020, the variety of psychological dysfunction instances elevated by 34 per cent and in addition to a rise within the variety of deaths and suicides. Throughout 2018 to 2021, the variety of Gard claims referring to crew sickness and demise elevated by nearly 75 per cent. An vital characteristic of the Mariners Medico Information is the elevated inclusion of psychological well being signs and recommendation. In spite of everything, wellbeing consists of each bodily and psychological elements.
We hope seafarers will discover the app helpful and we welcome suggestions through [email protected]
Obtain your Mariners Medico Information at the moment at no cost on each desktop and cellular gadgets. Please go to www.medicoguide.no for extra info.
After 31 years with Gard, most not too long ago as world head of Folks Claims, Alice Jackson Amundsen is retiring. She was a key member of the undertaking workforce for the Mariners Medico Information app. We thank her for this and her different innumerable contributions to seafarer wellbeing.