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Telemedicine for cruisers beyond the reach of an airlift – how a phone call saved one sailor’s life

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Will Bruton investigates the growing market for telemedicine services and looks at what's available on the market for yacht cruisers. Anchored in a remote lagoon in the Solomon Islands last year, Tom Partridge and his partner Susie Plume were into the third year of a circumnavigation on their Hylas 46 Adina, when Tom suddenly started to feel very unwell. Consulting their copy of the Ship Captain’s Medical Guide, they determined that he was showing common symptoms of malaria. Susie contacted a friend in Vanuatu, who happened to be a qualified vet, for a second opinion. He shared their view and, after speaking to his own GP, suggested that as well as treating Tom for malaria, Tom should also be treated for infections he might have which show similar symptoms to those of malaria. With a box of prescription drugs and extensive first aid kit on board, Susie was able to...
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