Preparing an Onboard First-Aid Kit

Crownline boats are designed and built with your safety in mind.

However, accidents do happen.

first_aid_400x225There’s never a good place to suffer an injury. But it can be especially bad news on the water where you don’t have the luxury of your home medicine cabinet, and being offshore, don’t have quick access to emergency medical care. It’s important to be prepared to help yourself and others by having a well-stocked first aid kit onboard. Here’s what you need in it.

  • A first aid instruction book to guide you in an emergency
  • The basics: adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream and aspirin
  • Medication to treat stomach ailments like motion sickness, diarrhea and indigestion
  • Anti-itch lotion or cream
  • Chemical ice packs
  • Medical tools such as tweezers, scissors, gloves and cotton swabs
  • Clean towels to stop bleeding or wrap ice
  • Bottled water to rinse wounds
  • Butterfly bandages to close open wounds
  • Splint material to stabilize a broken bone
  • Bandages to wrap an injured wrist or ankle
  • Eye drops in case you get a substance in your eye
  • Burn cream or ointment

Of course communication is important.  Be sure that you have a cell phone, radio and flares in case you need to call for help!