Course Description

Provides American Red Cross First Aid/CPR certification and STCW Medical Care Provider certification. Provides minimum standard of proficiency for persons designated to provide medical first aid on board ship.

This course consists of 14 2-hour practicals.

STCW Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:

  • OICNW-C5.1 Ability to take effective action based on such knowledge in the case of accidents or illnesses that are likely to occur on board ship
  • OICNW-C5.1 Practical application of medical guides and advice by radio,
  • OICEW-D5.1 Ability to take effective action in the case of accidents or illnesses that are likely to occur on board
  • OICEW-D5.1 Practical application of medical guides and advice by radio
  • TOPS-X3.2 resuscitators
  • TOPS-X3.4 Basic knowledge of first aid with reference to a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
  • AFA-X1.01 First-aid kit
  • AFA-X1.02 Body structure and function
  • AFA-X1.03 Toxicological hazards on board
  • AFA-X1.03 use of the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods (MFAG)
  • AFA-X1.04 Examination of casualty or patient
  • AFA-X1.05 Spinal injuries
  • AFA-X1.06 Burns, scalds and effects of heat and cold
  • AFA-X1.07 Fractures, dislocations and muscular injuries
  • AFA-X1.08 Medical care of rescued persons
  • AFA-X1.09 Radio medical advice
  • AFA-X1.10 Pharmacology
  • AFA-X1.11 Sterilization
  • AFA-X1.12 Cardiac arrest, drowning and asphyxia

Demonstrate proficiency in the following skills:

  • MFA-1M1A Assess and treat life-threatening conditions
  • MFA-1M1B Perform a detailed physical assessment
  • MFA-1M2A Immobilize a victim with a spinal injury
  • MFA-1M3A Immobilize and apply traction a victim with a broken femur
  • MFA-1M3B Immobilize a long bone fracture
  • MFA-1M4A Perform CPR
  • MFA-1M4B Use a AED
  • MFA-1M4C Manage obstructed airway in a conscious victim
  • MFA-1M4D Manage obstructed airway in an unconscious victim


Before giving care

  • Disease transmission and prevention, including onboard disposal of bio-hazardous material
  • Taking Action: Emergency Action Steps
  • Assessment of hazards
  • Hazards of confined entry and rescue from confined spaces
  • Checking an unconscious person
  • Incident stress

Body Structure and Function

  • Skeletal structure
  • Joints, muscle groups, tendons
  • Major organs
  • Circulatory systems

Positioning of the Casualty

  • Creating a staging area
  • Moving the victim out of danger
  • Recovery position and resuscitation position

Cardiac Emergencies, CPR and AED

  • Background: when the heart suddenly fails
  • Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest
  • How to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • How and when to use an AED, including precautions

Breathing Emergencies

  • Respiratory Distress and Respiratory Arrest
  • Choking
  • How to assist a conscious choking adult
  • How to assist an unconscious choking adult

First Aid

  • Sudden illness, including heat and cold related emergencies, and lightening injuries
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Bites, stings, and poisonous plants
  • Wounds and burns, especially from electricity, chemicals and other hazardous materials
  • Injuries to muscle, joints and bones
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto- injectors
  • Special situations

Management of Shock

  • Understands the causes of shock
  • Recognizes symptoms of shock
  • Applies the appropriate principles of shock management

Rescue and Transport of Casualties

  • Stretcher transport
  • Preparing a victim for helicopter evacuation
  • Spinal injury

Onboard and Shore Resources

  • The onboard hospital and medical chest
  • Use of medical guides
  • Use of Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Practical application of medical advice by radio
  • Activating EMS system

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