Deteriorating seafarer health and poorly-stocked onboard medical chests are still major issues concerning maritime medical practitioners, which is why the International Maritime Medical Association (IMMA) has developed an App-driven Maritime Medical Stores Catalogue designed to ensure that vessel owners and managers are meeting their obligations when it comes to looking after the health of their crew.
It has already proved a big hit with ship owners, managers and suppliers with over 1, 500 companies already downloading this vital tool to purchase medical and health-related items needed onboard ship.
IMMA’s easy-to-use catalogue App features over 5, 000 health and well-being products, from aspirin and cough medicine to disinfectants and stretchers. Users are able to order medical supplies at the press of a button, using the app’s unique ordering system from wherever they may be in the world.
This easy to use app has a section on recommended medicines as well as a ‘doctor’s bag’ of necessary medicines that should be available at any time onboard ship. The medicine section can also be interrogated by health compliant such as what medicines should be taken for motion sickness or indigestion or coughs etc. while there is a comprehensive list of emergency and non-emergency medical equipment that should be used onboard ship.
A useful guide as to what medicines should form part of onboard medical kits is also included as well as a section on alcohol and drug testing as well as waste management and cleaning equipment – all part of working to preventing disease onboard ship.
All medicines listed have an IMMA number which owners and managers can quote when ordering from their ship suppliers or chandlers.
The International Maritime Medical Association was formed in 2010 with the declared aim of promoting seafarer health and welfare and to act as a central organisation to represent suppliers or medical services and supplies globally. The IMMA Maritime Medical Stores Catalogue can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store.