Preparing for stitches in Guatemala
(photo courtesy of Matt & Jessica's Sailing Page)
If you're out cruising, it's pretty advisable that you have a good First Aid kit at your disposal. We aren't always lucky enough to be near a health care center if something goes wrong, or even if we are, standards may not be what we were used to back on land. When things go wrong, it's not as easy as a quick drive down the road to the med center.
Whether it's a virus traveling around, a finger caught or smashed in one of the many areas possible to do so on a boat, or a lift threatening emergency, health care can get a little bit tougher out on the water. If you have any experience or stories about health care far away from home, send me a post describing it.