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MSN 1905: Everything you need to know

MSN 1905: Everything you need to know

In March 2021, MSN 1905 was introduced, the first major update of its kind since MSN 1768, in 1995.

Find out everything you need to know about the new regulations below, including our response to MedAire customers and videos from MedAire’s Director of Education, Brent Palmer.

WHAT IS MSN 1905?

MSN 1905 is a new regulation set out by The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The regulation details the minimum requirements for medical stores onboard vessels. Superyachts that were required to meet the MSN 1768 standard will now have to meet the new requirements.



WHAT HAS CHANGED?

The updates bring medical supplies onboard more in line with medical best practice, introducing additional medication and equipment to your onboard medical kit. A few additions include:

  • Pulse oximeter - a device that uses a finger to measure pulse and oxygen saturation
  • Tranexamic Acid – medication extensively used in the military to control bleeding
  • Intraosseous device: places a needle into the bone to deliver IV fluids and medications quickly, with minimal training, with a higher chance of success than traditional IVs.
  • Trauma tourniquet
  • Rapid Malaria tests

WHEN DO I NEED TO COMPLY BY?

Any yachts categorised under MCA vessel category A or B will have to meet the compliance regulations by March 2022, or before their Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) certificate expires, whichever is sooner.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY VESSEL?

The new rules and regulations mean that you may have to update the contents of your medical kit.

Depending on your kit provider and the age of your medical kit, the changes could be substantial.

For MedAire customers, the good news is that many of the new medications have existed for several years in our standard kit solution. Additionally, many clients have taken our advice to supplement their onboard supplies with items such as pulse oximeters already.



WHAT DOES MEDAIRE THINK ABOUT THE NEW REGULATIONS?

We’re happy to see the regulations become more aligned with current medical best practice and also reaffirm the need for the supplementary items we have been recommending to our customers.

Hear more from Brent Palmer below about the changes:



WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO BE AWARE OF?

A few of the regulations are more specific or defined than before and these include:

  • Captain's duty of care: to protect the health and safety of crew, minimise risk of infection and provide preventive measures such as vaccination. (As a result of COVID-19, this is now perhaps even more pertinent).
  • It is recommended that medical advice and supplies are obtained where possible from medically qualified individuals and/or companies experienced and knowledgeable in the supply to the maritime industry.

CONSTANT EVALUATION AND MONITORING

Aside from the regulations, MedAire's medical team constantly evaluates the latest medications and equipment and make amendments to our solutions accordingly, so you can be confident that every Medical Kit not only meets the latest regulations but also reflects the current best medical practices for treatment of illness and injury.

Find out more about our best-in-class Medical Kits here, or contact us here to speak to a member of our team. 

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