Seasickness or Motion Sickness? Whatever you call it; it sucks!

Seasickness or Motion Sickness? Whatever you call it; it sucks!

First Aid For Recreational Boaters

While researching content that is specifically designed for the Recreational Boater, I have come across some real gems in the description of aliments at sea. This is by far my favorite, and I’ll share it with you now.

The two stages of Seasickness:

  1. You are so sick you’re afraid you may die.
  2. You are so sick you’re afraid you may not die.

In his book “The Human Body”; Isaac Asimov related the anecdote about a seasick passenger.

It was a rough crossing and Mr. Jones was suffering the tortures of the damned. During one of the more unsettled periods, he was leaning over the rail, retching miserably, when a kindly steward patted him on the shoulder.

“I know, sir” said the steward, “that it seems awful. But remember, no man ever died of seasickness.”

Mr. Jones lifted his green countenance to the stewards concerned face and said, for heavens sake, man, don’t say that. It’s only the wonderful hope of dying that’s keeping me alive.”

Now some of us have been in Mr. Jones predicament before. Others who can endure the roughest seas without so much as the complaint, well… we hate you.

Now contrary to the stewards admonition that “no one ever died from seasickness,” well, we know that’s not true. Seasickness can cause severe dehydration that can lead to kidney damage and even renal failure. The person who remains seasick for an extended period of time without food without water is indeed suffering a medical emergency.

Ok that’s it, just a quick little story about a poor seasick man.

Take care…


Cardiac Emergencies at Sea

Cardiac Emergencies at Sea

Be Ready for Cardiac Emergencies at Sea When Every Second Counts!

At sea, whether on a large ship or a small boat, access to emergency services is often hours away. This means that in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), your crew must be prepared to act within the critical ten-minute window. While CPR is an important life-saving step, without immediate access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) during a sudden cardiac arrest you risk the safety of both your passengers and crew. With its advanced lifesaving AED technology, a HeartSine® samaritan® PAD (public access defibrillator) is a critical item in your on-board safety kit. This lifesaving technology can significantly increase the chance of survival for a passenger or an employee who suffers an SCA hours away from emergency support.

“AEDs are less than the cost of a flat screen HDTV”

Why HeartSine?

  • Highest level of protection from moisture and dust (IP56) offers unmatched robustness in both wet and dry environments – a necessity on decks where protection is needed against strong jets of water
  • Significantly smaller size, fits nicely within constrained storage spaces
  • One-change maintenance, due to one expiration date on the pads and batteries, means less inventory to manage and order, which is often a challenge with devices on multiple vessels
  • Top vibration rating MIL-STD-810F 514.5+
  • Easy to use by all rescuers, regardless of skill level, due to simple two-button operation, intuitive voice/visual prompts and no lid to open or complex displays or controls
  • Industry leading 10-year warranty for maximum reliability and lowest total cost of ownership
  • Complete AED solution available to manage all aspects of your AED deployment—from installation to maintenance—through a single point of contact

Why Northwest Response?

  • Free CPR/AED response training for crews in the Pacific Northwest (some restrictions apply)
  • Northwest Response is an Authorized HeartSine Distributor
  • Northwest Response trainers are Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician’s (EMT), and Paramedics
  • Northwest Response is Licensed by The American Red Cross and ASHI/HSI-Medic to deliver quality Emergency Medical Response training for Lay responders through Emergency Medical Responders.
  • Approved by the United States Coast Guard per 46 CFR 10.205

How to order

To get the latest pricing on Maritime AEDs please call the Northwest Response AED specialist
253-358-2447, or email our team using this following online form

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The Maritime choice in Emergency Cardiac Response.

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