Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FTV Kennedy Medical Team

Keeping a ship safe and healthy while at sea is an important mission and the ships medical team aboard the TS Kennedy does a great job. The ship has a fully equipped hospital, or sick bay as it is called on a ship, staffed with a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Paramedic, counselor, and some cadet
staff. Kirk the RN on board has a daughter whose class at the Vinyl School in Norwell is following the voyage. A big shout out to them from the Kennedy Medical Team.

Each day starts with morning sick call. Cadets who need medical care get to visit a clinic that resembles an emergency room much like you might see at your local hospital. 

When the medical team isn't taking care of crew and cadets, they are working on keeping the ship safe and healthy. They ensure that the cadets are keeping up with hand sanitizer, sunscreen and, bug spray, all important if you want to avoid a trip to sick bay. 

The medical department holds instructional classes for cadets on specific topics like getting an injured person out of the engine room and emergency first aid.

Sometimes the medical team crew is called to assist an injured cadet or crew member off the ship. Usually the paramedic will go with the injured person to shore to visit the local hospital or clinic. This often requires use of the ships fast rescue boat, a boat designed for rescuing a person who fell overboard or need to be taken to a hospital.

Even though there are only four members of the medical staff, they contribute lots to keeping Seaterm a fun, healthy, and happy experience for all.

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