STCW Medical First Aid 

STCW Medical First Aid

STCW Medical First Aid is a three day first aid course and will teach you to apply first aid skills in the event of an accident/illness. Skills and knowledge will be given of dealing and managing situations so they can be stabilised until help comes.

Various content includes category A, B and C medical kitssubcutaneous injections, hypothermia, cold shock, drowning, radio medical assistance and medivacs at sea.

This course is needed for deck officers, masters, mates and safety officers. The STCW 2010 Medical First Aid course in in line with meeting the requirements laid down in, STCW 1978 as amended (Including STCW95 and STCW 2010) Regulation VI/1 and STCW Code Section A-VI/4 Paragraphs 1 to 3


Medical First Aid
Module 1 – Body Structure and Function

Basic concepts of body structure and function , in sufficient detail to support the application of immediate effective first aid in the event of accident on board ship.
Principles and priorities of First Aid aboard ship. Action on encountering or being summoned to the scene of an accident and use of First Aid kit and other equipment available. Observation and examination of casualties based upon medical precepts. Making a diagnosis based on information obtainable from a variety of sources such as medical history, specific questions, general appearance and physical examination.
• The obstructed airway (including asthma), environmental hazards, risks to the First Aider (from an infection viewpoint).
• Methods of clearing the obstructed airway.
• Drowning and near drowning.
• The heart and circulation, the respiratory system and respiration.
• Basic Life Support (BLS) and the recovery position.
• The face shield, pocket mask and plastic airway.


  • Examination of casualty or patient.
  • Performing Basic Life Support (Resus mannequin).
  • Clearing an obstructed airway (Resus mannequin).
  • Use of inhalers when treating asthma
  • Use of the face shield, pocket mask and plastic airway in Basic Life Support.

Module 2 – Head Injuries

  • Head injuries – recognition and management.
  • Signs and symptoms and handling of neck injuries.
  • Signs and symptoms and handling of spinal injuries.
  • Performing immobilisation of neck injuries.
  • Lifting casualties into stretchers.
  • Performing the spinal recovery position.

Module 3 – The skeletal system.

  • Types, signs, symptoms and management of: – fractures: open, closed, complicated and greenstick. Special requirements for treating pelvic and spinal injuries – dislocations and muscular injuries.
  • Treatment and immobilisation of the injured part.
  • Splints and splinting methods.
  • Immobilisation of upper and lower limb fractures on simulated casualties.
  • Using splints on simulated casualties.
  • Transport casualties with fractures using simulated casualties.

Module 4 – Burns, Wounds, Hypothermia and Cold Shock

  • Burns, scalds, effects of heat and cold. Recognition of the signs of burns and scalds, heat-stroke,
  • hypothermia and frostbite. Application of appropriate first aid measures, including: – burns/scalds: definition, complications and therapy of the general condition of burns; difference between burns and scalds; sterile dressings;
  • – heat-stroke
  • – sunburn: cause, therapy, prophylaxis and effect;
  • – hypothermia and frostbite; precautions against heat loss, effect of wind and humidity; possibilities of re-warming; difference between burn and frostbite; damage of tissue.
  • First aid treatment of rescued persons: recognition and care of distress, hypothermia and cold exposure;
  • symptoms and therapy for congelation, seasickness, dehydration and lack of nutrition.
  • Wounds, types of bleeding, the control of bleeding and managing shock.
  • Using dressings to control bleeding on simulated casualties.
  • Position the casualty suffering from shock (simulated casualty).
  • Use pressure points to control bleeding on simulated casualties.
  • Dressing a wound with a retained foreign body (simulated casualty).

Module 5 – Management of Medical Emergencies

  • The recognition and management of medical emergencies – heart attack, angina, hypoglycaemia, epileptic fit.

Module 6 – Anatomy of the eye

  • Anatomy of the eye.
  • Eye injuries and their management.
  • Applying an eye pad and bandage to simulated casualty.

Module 7 – Toxicology

  • The action and effects of toxic substances on the human body.
  • Toxicological hazards on board
  • Symptoms and clinical aspects of poisoning.
  • First aid in the event of poisoning by ingestion, inhalation or skin contact.
  • Therapy in the event of acid or caustic solutions being swallowed.
  • Symptoms and treatment of acid and caustic burns.

Module 8 – Ship Captain’s Medical Guide, Radio Medical Advice and Record Keeping

  • The layout and content of the Ship Captain’s Medical Guide, including knowledge of the use of the medical stores required to be carried on board’. Radio Medical Advice and record keeping.
  • Pharmacology: main terms of general pharmacology and recognition of basic principles and application of: antibiotics, antiseptics, analgesics and chemotherapeutics.
  • Sterilisation: meaning of disinfection and sterilisation and the application of appropriate measures.


  • Course Type: Practical, some theory
  • Required Experience: STCW Elementary First Aid and six months at sea.
  • Assumed Knowledge: First aid skills and experience to STCW EFA level.
  • Course Content: A Three-day course designed to form part of the mandatory requirements for the safe management of medical emergencies and medical evacuations.
  • Ability After Course: On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive an Medical First Aid certificate STCW Code A-V1/4-1 and will have the skills to manage first aid emergencies and illnesses.
  • Duration: 3 Day

Price: €475.00 (Training package price starting from €340)

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