Guidance

The ship captain's medical guide

Practical medical guidance for laymen (non-doctors) working on board a ship. This is the 22nd edition, which is the most up-to-date and complete.

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Documents

Chapter 1: first aid

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Chapter 2: toxic hazards of chemicals including poisoning

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Chapter 3: general nursing

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Chapter 4: care of the injured

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Chapter 5: causes and prevention of disease

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Chapter 6: communicable diseases

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Chapter 6.1: sexually transmitted diseases

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Chapter 7: other diseases and medical problems

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Chapter 8: diseases of fishermen

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Chapter 9: female disorders and pregnancy

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Chapter 10: childbirth

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Chapeter 11: survivors

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Chapter 12: the dying and the dead

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Chapter 13: external assistance

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Annex I: anatomy, physiology; annex II: anatomical drawings

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Details

This document has been withdrawn and the 23rd edition is available. For full details please refer to MIN 600 (M+F)

Overview

This manual is written for laymen (non-doctors) working on board a ship. It contains a wide range of authoritative advice and will help you:

  • assess and treat injuries
  • diagnose and treat illness
  • on journeys where you won’t have quick access to professional medical advice

Medical stores to carry on a UK flag ship

For information on:

  • the use
  • potential side effects
  • precautions

associated with the medical stores, download merchant shipping notice (MSN) 1768 and its list of corrections (corrigendum).

Both contain essential information, so it’s a good idea to have them both saved or printed out to keep with the medical guide.

Published 6 May 2014
Last updated 8 July 2014 + show all updates
  1. Clarification of edition number

  2. First published.