Unavoidable Medical Evacuations At Sea


As 2017 comes to a close, Discovery Health’s team of physicians has responded to nearly 200 medical events at sea.  While 95% of these have been successfully managed at sea, there have been unavoidable medical evacuations and ship diversions, one of which is highlighted in the article below.


Other major events have included:
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Finger Amputations
  • Head Trauma
  • Mental Health Emergencies
  • Appendicitis
  • Chest Pain
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

In every instance, the medical response provided on board has been commendable and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to assist in the care of those who make their living at sea.  We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the USCG and our colleagues at Lifemed Alaska both of whom are always at the ready to respond to a serious medical event at sea.

Raymond F. Jarris Jr. MD
Chief Medical Officer


Ann G. Jarris, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
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About the Author:

Dr. Ann Jarris is a Maritime and Remote Medicine Specialist based out of Seattle, WA. She has practiced as a physician for over 15 years in urban and remote settings. Her experience is in occupational, emergency, wilderness and virtual medicine. Dr. Jarris leads innovation and research efforts at Discovery Health MD as Co-Founder and CEO.

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