International Medical Guide for Seafarers and Fishers
When a seafarer or fisher becomes sick or is injured at sea, it is up to one of their fellow crew members – known on merchant ships as the ‘person responsible for medical care’ – to provide medical relief until professional medical services can be reached. This person will have had limited medical training on shore, as required under the STCW Convention, but is not a fully-trained doctor. When confronted with a medical emergency far from land, the medical officer relies on Telemedical Assistance Services (TMAS), the medicines available in the on board medicine chest and the on board medical guide for support.
The first edition of the ICS International Medical Guide for Seafarers and Fishers is coming soon. It has been written and reviewed by an international group of maritime medical practitioners and experts with many years’ experience of working with seafarers and fishers and who understand what crew members need to know and when they need to know it.