Focus Session- Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Prescription Medications at Sea: What You Need to Know Before You Leave the Harbor

15 Dec

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Prescription Medications at Sea: What You Need to Know Before You Leave the Harbor

Speaker-Bill Frederick, Founder and Principal of Lodestone Safety International

Having the right information about pre-existing conditions and medications becomes more critical the farther you get out there. This presentation will focus on how to structure a screening strategy for perspective trainees and crew. What questions do you need to ask and what you should do with the answers. We’ll also look at what lay people (us) need to know about psychotropic medications (eg. ADHD and anti-anxiety medications).

The approach will be pragmatic but we’ll touch on legal considerations, confidentiality and accommodating special needs. Also, what do you do when you want to say No.

Bill Frederick

Bill Frederick

Bill Frederick is Founder and Principal of Lodestone Safety International. He served as Director of Safety at The School for Field Studies (SFS) for eight years. He has served as Project Leader for the Forum on Education Abroad’s pilot incident database and as Co-Chair for several consecutive Forum Standards Institutes on Health, Safety, and Security. He has led numerous international safety reviews and worked for 16 years with Outward Bound. As a Senior Instructor and faculty committee member for Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA), he has taught emergency medicine to educators, rescue teams, and international service organizations in over a dozen countries and designed WMA’s Travel Medicine First Aid course. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) since 1988 and received a Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2011. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado and an M.Ed from Harvard University. Contact Bill: Bill@lodestonesafety.com

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