Onboard First Aid: Immediate Actions

This product relies on rich media to illustrate the Immediate Actions required for stabilizing the condition of an ill or injured crewmember. The video training course features medical professionals portraying shipboard personnel in dramatized scenarios that produce emotionally based comprehension of the subject matter. Like the other components of the Onboard Basic Safety Training Program, it consists of a video training course, an audio-visual test and a Workbook.

The companion Interactive Test enables the viewer to measure his or her comprehension of the subject matter with an interactive testing interface that relies on the memory-enhancing power of video to build retention and anchor the training messages. The result is a win-win-win. The crewmember has a high likelihood of achieving a passing score and a Certificate of Achievement for his or her personal file. The employer demonstrates that its personnel are retaining vital information and obtains statistical confirmation that its training efforts are working. Auditors see conclusive evidence that the employer is doing its job.

Onboard First Aid: Immediate Actions is targeted at entry-level personnel. It serves as a companion to the 10-title Maritime Medical Emergencies Instructional Series, intended for senior officers, which demonstrates comprehensive treatment procedures and case management strategies for the injuries and illnesses that commonly occur at sea. The media is based on actual incidents drawn from the case files of Maritime Health Services, Inc. (MHS), a Seattle firm that has provided professional medical consultation to vessels at sea on more than 15,000 occasions.


To maximize the training value of the Onboard First Aid: Immediate Actions Learning Management System, crew members should be assigned to watch Parts 1 & 2, then review the content in the Workbook, which offers the same training messages in pictorial form.

There are two options for measuring comprehension. The video training course includes an audio visual practice test. Crew members should be invited to test themselves as often as they like before being assigned to take the Interactive Test that represents a formal measure of crew comprehension.

The Interactive Test interface offers testing, scoring, certification and data tracking. It is available as an internet stream or an application that can be installed on the ship's computer. It breaks the training content into segments that incorporate short video clips, each with a companion quiz and glossary. Each quiz generates answers to the multiple choice or true/false questions in random order to eliminate test fraud. The Interface scores and certificates each test event, and maintains a history test performance that can be exported to an external database. Click the link at the top of the page for a demonstration. DVD-Video. Parts 1-2, 43:33. Test, 21:23.

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