The Ship Captain's Medical Guide - 23rd Edition Now Available

The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide 23rd edition is the most up-to-date and complete medical guidance with the aim of reflecting current best medical practice applying to the maritime environment.



What’s it for?

Ship Captain’s Medical Guide is intended primarily for use on ships where no doctor is available and it is necessary to assess and treat injuries and to diagnose and treat ill health. It contains:

  •     Flow charts to aid evaluation and treatment
  •     Incorporation of ‘red flags’ to aid identification of potentially life-threatening conditions
  •     Clear, authoritative advice and easy-to-follow guidance
  •     Step-by-step illustrations to explain emergency procedures
  •     Cross references to further detail
  •     Anatomical illustrations


Why is it needed?

The guide can also be recommended for use in other situations where professional medical advice is not readily available, for example on expeditions.


Who does the Ship Captain's Medical Guide apply to?

The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide is applicable to all owners, managers, captains of vessels and medical training organizations.


Who needs to have the Ship Captain's Medical Guide?

It is the owner's and captain's responsibility of the sailing vessels to carry medical stores to a standard defined in law, and to provide seamen with a certain standard of accommodation and working conditions. In addition, every ship is required to carry a medical book, containing instructions for dispensing the medical stores.


Where can you find it?

Contact us here at American Nautical Services to receive your copy of the 2019 Ship Captain’s Medical Guide 23rd Edition or you can order it online with us.