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Nautical Studies

Medical Care for Seafarers


The human body and its function. Infectious diseases, including tropical diseases. Possibilities of poisoning. Injuries and wounds. The basics of medical examination on board. Diagnosis and treatment. Pharmacology according to the means available to the ship. Hygiene on the ship. Disinfection. Disinsection. Requirements of the International Declaration of Health. Vaccination. Administration in relation to health.

Practical use of the International Shipping Manual and MFAG. Providing first aid. Practical procedures with injuries. Recovery procedures. Pain relief. Practical review. Placement of diagnosis and procedures with patient taking into account external medical advice (Radio Medica). International Code of Labeling (section of medicine). Procedures in special situations such as alcohol, drugs, teeth problems, childbirth. Transport of a patient or injured person, including transportation of a helicopter. Death at sea.


IMO Model course 7.03:

  • Apply medical first aid onboard ship


IMO Model course 7.01:

  • International Medical Guide for Ships
  • International Code of Signals (medical section)
  • Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods


IMO Model course 1.13:

First aid


IMO Model course 1.14:


  • Immediate response to the victim
  • First aid equipment
  • The composition of the body and its functions
  • Risk of poisoning on board
  • Patient overview
  • Damage to the spine
  • Burns, scum, sweat and frost
  • Malfunctions, dislocations and damage to muscles
  • Medical assistance to salvaged persons; constipation, hypothermia, and exposure to cold
  • Radio medical advice
  • Pharmacology
  • Sterilization
  • Heart failure, drowning and suffocation
  • Psychological / Psychiatric problems


IMO Model course 1.15:

  • First aid
  • Caring for the injured
  • Healthcare aspects
  • Diseases
  • Abuse of drugs and alcohol
  • Dental care
  • Gynecology and pregnancy
  • Medical assistance to salvaged persons; constipation, hypothermia, and exposure to cold
  • Death at sea
  • Protection of the environment on the ship
  • Preventive diseases
  • Keeping records
  • Medicines and medical devices
  • Surgical equipment, instruments and materials

Goals and competencies

To train future Merchant Navy officers for the independent provision of emergency medical assistance and, through the use of a manual and telemedicine counseling, to stabilize and nurture the patient until the optimal health condition or the availability of several levels of medical care is restored in accordance with Chapter VI / 4-2 of the STCW Convention.


Special features:

Implementation of the learning content among others include requirements in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Convention A-II / 1, A-II/2  and the recommendations of the »Master and Chief Mate (Model course 7.01)« and »Officer in charge of a navigational watch (Model course 7.03)« International Maritime Organization, London, 2014, (Model course 1.13), (Model course 1.14) in (Model course 1.15),   International Maritime Organization, London

Basic literature

  1. ELEMENTARY FIRST AID (Model Course 1.13 plus Compendium)London, 2000,  ISBN: 9280161172
  2. MEDICAL CARE (Model Course 1.15 plus Compendium) London, 2000, ISBN: 9280161202
  3. MEDICAL FIRST AID (Model Course 1.14 plus Compendium)London, 2000, ISBN: 9280161180