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Injuries, illness and telemedicine in extreme sailing

University of Barcelona via Canvas Network

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Ocean sailing puts sailors through the toughest physical, mental and environmental conditions, and that can take its toll on their health. In a round the world regatta such as the Barcelona World Race, which lasts for three months, the sailors race for weeks on end in some of the planet's most inhospitable and remote waters. That's why it's important for them to have a high level of hygiene and medical knowledge to help them to survive and overcome any illnesses, injuries or physiological disturbances they may experience out on the ocean. With that in mind, the sailors have a remote medical care service available to them, set up by the regatta organisers and based on the latest telecommunications technologies.

During this course, you will learn about the basic medical techniques for the prevention of medical problems on board a yacht, how to plan medical prevention and active techniques to deal with some of the main issues that may arise during a two-crew round the world regatta. You will also be introduced to telemedical assistance protocols and the technology associated with it.

This course is aimed at the general public and anyone with an interest in sailing or medicine. It is also aimed at those involved in the world of sailing who are interested in dealing with health issues in a straightforward and quick manner, either on board a boat or in a maritime context. It's also aimed at healthcare professionals who want to expand their knowledge of sailing and want to prepare a first aid kit with the basic materials to deal with small problems on board.

The content may also be relevant and provide knowledge for trainee doctors and nurses or for those volunteering for sea or coastal rescue organisations (Red Cross, Sea Rescue or Lifeguards).


The course is structured around five modules.

Module 1
A general approach to onboard health

Module 2
Evaluating an emergency (PAR)

Module 3
Symptom evaluation

Module 4
Non-traumatic problems

Module 5
Traumatic problems 

Taught by

Dr. Belén Gualis MD, Ph.D


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  • Peri Ost
    This course started out ok, though some of the information wasn't quite right (this might just be translation errors). Overall the modules felt a bit rushed and replaced essential things with whatever was easiest to film at the moment. Some stuff wasn't covered at all and still showed up in exam questions. Again, the information could possibly be there in spanish, just not in the english subtitles. The last module really fell to pieces with information just copy-pasted in large batches from wherever. The final exam had 5 questions out of 15 that covered material actually from the module, correctly translated, with similar terminology to that used in the text/videos...
  • Jagadish Baburao Mirajkar
    Pls send me course details of Telemedicine, and also send me details of fees and time duration of course for Telimedicine i m intetested to do Telemedicine course

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