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REFRESHER COURSE USER'S GUIDE in Spanish

USER'S GUIDE FOR THE FIRST-AID AND MEDICAL CARE ON BOARD COURSE


SUMMARY

In 1998 the Spanish Society of Maritime Medicine promoted a pilot internet refresher course for seafarers in its web, URL : "http://www.semm.org/curso/pauxm.html". A main objective was to facilitate seamen' health education, according to the recommendations of international organisations like IMO (STWC 1995) and EC (Directive 92/29), they say: a refresher course on first-aid at least every 5 years for persons in charge of medical care on board. In Spain the transposition of this Directive was published in the RD 258/99. So, in order to help seafarers and officers in their training in prevention and in solving health problems derived from their occupational risks on board, continuing education can be implemented using an innovative and adaptable tool like internet. There are 10 units (resources for medical assistance on board, radio-medical advice, environmental problems, travel medicine, cardio-respiratory resuscitation, prevention of problems in diving, death on board, occupational risk prevention … etc.). Hypertext linked keywords help the student to revise the subject, a teacher can counsel him by e-mail and a multiple-choice test and clinical cases check the comprehension of the units.

STEPS TO FOLLOW THIS INTERNET COURSE

  • Application form (with copy of the certificate of a previous first-aid course, identification card... if the pupil is interested in a possible certificate of a direct evaluation)
  • Pupil's identification (confirmation of your admission)
  • Begin the study of the units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ...
  • Practical case to solve in the beginning of each unit
  • Main subject questions to understand
  • Key words to revise
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Supervisor or Teacher contact e-mail

MAIN SUBJECTS OF THE COURSE

  • Health resources for medical emergencies on board
  • Radio Medical Advice, rescue, medical chest
  • Environmental emergencies (heat, hypothermia ...)
  • Travel medicine
  • Hygiene and hazardous materials on board
  • Basic life support / Injuries / First-aid
  • Underwater accidents / death at sea
  • Miscellany (human body, occupational risk prevention, psychological problems, drugs ...)

EVALUATION (student's record available on line)

  • Clinical case (Students should invent the circumstances applying their knowledges related to the each unit)
  • Multiple-choice test (each unit has a set of 5 easy questions to check comprehension)

Eg. If late or deep cold injury ...

  • a) Break blisters
  • b) Rub or massage area
  • c) Apply heat
  • d) Cover with dry clothing or dressings
  • It is possible to get a SEMM certificate of the course with the condition of a direct - final evaluation made by one of the authorised teachers.

Let's summarise the main advantages of this internet course:

  • Adapted to seafarer's needs

  • Free use

  • No timetable, updated

  • Interaction with teachers

  • A new proposal to help in refresher courses

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