Safety on the Sea, Land, or Anywhere
With Your Expedition Medical Chest
Over our years of adventure on land and sea, we have been through quite a few medical kits… and too often found the contents inadequate, confusing, or water-damaged when actually needed. In the process of outfitting Nomadness for global voyaging, we were surprised to find a shortage of ER-grade, environmentally sealed products anywhere within our price range. This led directly to the development of a new product line.
The Expedition Medical Chest series began as a collaborative effort between a sailor and a nurse. The sailor focused on ease of use at sea, and the nurse focused on the supplies and techniques, familiar from years of dealing with emergency wound care. Packaged in a gasketed Lexan box, these kits can survive boarding waves, getting kicked around in a dinghy, or the abuse of being buried under a mountain of gear. The contents are generous, and are the kinds of items you’d discover by snooping in the supply cabinets of an emergency room. And this is not just for boats; it’s reassuring to have a sealed wound care kit post-disaster, or anytime when your priorities have suddenly shifted from comfort to survival.
Solid packaging and robust supplies are just the start. A huge part of the process of handling a medical emergency is informational; most of us are not experts in the field, and start Googling or thumbing through field medical guides with one hand while trying to stop blood with the other. Encyclopedic fine-print, however accurate, doesn’t address the “yikes, what do I do now?” situation.
To address this, we have published a little lay-flat book that is included with each kit, clearly explaining the basic steps that are necessary in any wound-care situation:
- Stop the bleeding
- Cleaning and treatment
- Assessment and follow-up
Each phase is clearly explained with reference to the specific supplies in the kit (which are arranged in a logical sequence, and clustered in internal bags). Additional sections address the special considerations of abrasions, puncture wounds, and burns… followed by a simple description of each item in the kit, and why it is included. This helps you address situations that don’t lend themselves to a straightforward procedural approach.
There is also something that we feel should become a routine on every boat: keeping a medical logbook. We have one for our engines; why not our bodies? If a crew member is injured and handed off to a shore-side physician, the first question is going to be, “what treatment have you attempted so far?” A medical log answers this, while helping track the consumption of supplies. Our book includes a few blank pages intended to encourage such record-keeping, and suggests the later addition of a dedicated notebook for more space (though we hope you never need it!)
Our flagship kit is the large Wounds & Burns module in a gasketed Lexan case, with pricing set at $109. Why? That’s almost exactly the retail price of box and contents… but from us you also get the selection, organization, a book keyed to the supplies, and so on… without the hassles of researching supplies, individually tracking down sources, and paying shipping/tax from multiple vendors. We also offer a scaled-down Medium Kit for smaller boats and day sailing… still packed with professional goodies in a gasketed Lexan box, but at half the price ($54). Smaller still is the Mini Kit at $27, suitable for kayaking or permanent stowage in the dinghy.