Medical Injuries and Illnesses at sea
This questionnaire reviews illnesses and injuries that you may have encountered during sailing or while anchored or moored. Additionally, we ask that you describe the events that occurred and how they were managed from a medical perspective.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to get an idea of what kinds of injuries and illnesses the sailing community faces and the level of medical preparedness.

The questionnaire is divided into 4 sections:
1. General information
2. Illnesses at sea
3. Injuries at sea
4. Medical preparedness

All information provided in the questionnaire will be anonymised. Please feel free to include any feedback or additional comments at the end of the questionnaire.

If you have any other queries, please contact k.tombat@student.rug.nl

Thank you for your participation!

Section 1: General information
Name
Your answer
Profession
Your answer
Age
Your answer
Sex
How have you found out about this research?
Which of the following categories best describes your sailing? (You may choose more than one option) *
Required
How many weeks do you sail per year? (on average)
Your answer
What is the longest you have sailed without anchoring/mooring/berthing close to land? (in days) *
Your answer
What kind of vessel have you undertaken longer trips with? (e.g. hull length, monohull/catamaran) *
Your answer
What is the highest level of training that you have completed? (eg. RYA yachtmaster ocean/offshore/coastal/SSS/SKS/Sportbootf├╝hrerschein See) *
Your answer
What is the average crew size (including yourself and the skipper) that you sail with when undertaking longer trips? *
Your answer
Section 2: Illnesses at sea
This section covers illnesses that you or other crew members might have experienced while on board. Injuries will be covered in the section 3.
Have you or any other crew members experienced any bowel or stomach complaints (not due to sea sickness, which will be addressed later) while on board? *
Frequent
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Constipation
Heartburn, reflux, acidity, gas
Food poisoning (diarrhoea or/and vomiting, not due to motion sickness)
Other intestinal problems (i.e. pain, bloating, please specify below)
If applicable: Could you explain the circumstances and duration of the complaints? How have you dealt with the complaints?
Your answer
Have you or any other crew members experienced any ear/nose/throat (ENT) complaints while on board? *
Frequently
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Common cold
Flu
Sore throat
Allergic reaction
Ear infection
Other (e.g. pain, foreign bodies, difficulty hearing, please specify below)
If applicable: Could you explain the circumstances and duration of the complaints? How have you dealt with the complaints?
Your answer
Have you or any other crew members experienced any skin complaints (not including burns, which will be addressed later) while on board? *
Frequently
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Skin infections with fever
Inflamed or infected hair follicle/ hair root (folliculitis)
Fungal infections (e.g. of feet and groin)
Skin irritation (e.g. chafing, dry skin etc.)
Other (specify in the next question)
If applicable: Could you explain the circumstances and duration of the complaints? How have you dealt with the complaints?
Your answer
Have you or any other crew members experienced any of the following complaints while on board? *
Frequently
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Dehydration
Sea sickness
Hypothermia
Eye problems (e.g. conjunctivitis, foreign bodies)
Urinary tract infections
Headache or migraine
Poisoning (other than food poisoning, e.g. ingestion of chemicals)
Dental complaints (e.g. tooth ache, cavities, gum disease)
Sting (e.g. by insect, fish etc.)
Severe anxiety (to the point where it reduces functioning)
Other (specify in the next question)
If applicable: Could you explain the circumstances and duration of the complaints? How have you dealt with the complaints?
Your answer
Section 3: Injuries at sea
This section covers injuries that you or other crew members might have experienced while on board.
Have you or any other crew members experienced any burns or blisters while on board? *
Frequently
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Sunburn
Rope burn
Thermal burn e.g. while cooking
Other (i.e. chemical or electrical burn)
If applicable: Which body part was affected and how have you dealt with the burn or blister? If you know then please add the degree of severity (e.g. 2nd degree burn).
Your answer
Have you or any other crew members experienced any of the following injuries on board? *
Frequently
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Head injury (e.g. concussion, cuts etc. If there was a black out specify for how long)
Abrasion (scraping off of skin)
Laceration (cuts, not involving the head)
Contusion (bruising, not involving the head)
Other (e.g. amputation, crush injury, specify in the next question)
If applicable: Which body part was affected and how have you dealt with the injury?
Your answer
Have you or any other crew members sustained any of the following fractures while on board? *
Frequently
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Ankle
Wrist
Lower leg
Forearm
Finger
Toe
Rib
Collar bone
Head
Other (please specify below)
If applicable: Please elaborate on the injury. How have you dealt with the fracture(s)?
Your answer
Have you or any other crew members sustained any of the following dislocations or sprains? *
Frequently
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Ankle
Knee
Finger
Wrist
Elbow
Shoulder
Other (please specify below)
If applicable: Please elaborate on the injury. How have you dealt with the dislocation(s) or sprain(s) ?
Your answer
Could you list other illnesses or injuries that you or any other crew members have experienced on board? Please specify types of injury, area of the body affected and how they were dealt with.
Your answer
According to you, what are the most commonly occurring illnesses and injuries on board? List them starting most commonly occurring illnesses and injuries. Feel free to include any that have already been mentioned.
Your answer
Section 4: Medical preparedness
This section covers medical knowledge and preparedness.
Do you or another crew members have any medical training? *
If applicable: Please explain what kind of training it was. e.g. informal training/experience, an RYA First Aid course etc.
Your answer
Do the yachts (not dinghies) that you have sailed on have a medical kit and manual on board? *
What kind of medical kit have you sailed with? (you can pick more than one answer possibility) *
Required
What considerations were made while deciding the appropriate medical preparedness? For example, did you look at guidelines or magazine articles? Did you take advice from other experienced sailors?
Your answer
Are you usually aware of the contents of the medical kit? *
Does the medical kit contain a manual? *
Are the contents of the medical kit checked before each long trip? e.g. to replace expired medication *
If you have sailed with a medical kit in the past, then on the whole, to what extent did you feel like your medical knowledge and kit prepared you for any medical incidents?
Not at all
Well prepared
If you have used a medical kit or manual, did you experience any problems using them? *
If applicable: Please explain what problems you encountered using the kit or manual.
Your answer
If you do not feel you have an adequate kit, what are the factors that kept you from preparing adequately? *
Required
If you do not feel you have an adequate medical manual, what are the factors that kept you from preparing adequately? *
Required
Do you have any advice or comments on medical kits or manuals?
Your answer
Do you have any feedback with regards to this questionnaire?
Your answer
Would you be willing to be interviewed on your views about injuries, illnesses and medical preparedness on board cruisers?
Would you like to be informed about the findings from this survey?
Email address
Your answer
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