Introduction to Ocean Medicine: Part Two

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In part two, Sarah Spelsberg explores the world of marine ecology and defence mechanisms, discussing the various dangers that marine flora and fauna can pose to humans. From polar bears and sharks to jellyfish, sea snakes, and venomous fish, Sarah covers a wide range of creatures and the potential injuries they can inflict. She also delves into the treatment and management of these injuries, including the use of hot water, vinegar, and other remedies. Sarah is joined by special guest Joe Dituri, who shares his firsthand experience of being stung by a stingray and the excruciating pain that followed. The lecture also features valuable insights from Dr Shane Schapiro, an orthopaedic surgeon who recounts his own stingray encounter. Sarah discusses the importance of marine medical kits, telemedicine in remote maritime environments, and the key aspects of international maritime law. Whether you’re a seasoned diver, a marine biology enthusiast, or simply curious about the dangers lurking beneath the waves, this lecture is not to be missed.

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Length: 1h 44m
Categories: Lectures

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand the various defence mechanisms employed by marine flora and fauna, and the potential dangers they pose to humans.
2. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of injuries caused by marine creatures such as jellyfish, sea snakes, and venomous fish.
3. Discover the importance of hot water, vinegar, and other remedies in treating marine envenomations and injuries.
4. Recognise the risks associated with marine activities and the importance of water safety, rescue techniques, and proper equipment.
5. Gain insight into the role of telemedicine and remote medical care in maritime environments, and the essential components of a marine medical kit.

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