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Blog: hospital tour - 20 February

On trips that take us away to isolated places we need to take a Medical Doctor, just in case anyone requires emergency medical or surgical treatment. Our regular doctor on Tangaroa Ross Sea surveys is Dr Jenny Visser. When Jenny is not at sea hanging out with the scientists, she works in Wellington as a lecturer at the Otago Medical School and at the Wellington Travel Doctor practice.

NIWA’s John McGregor having his pulse and blood pressure taken by Dr. Jenny Visser during hospital tour for staff.

Sadie Mills, NIWA

Tangaroa has a fully equipped hospital, which thankfully is rarely used and is kept locked up during most voyages. Jenny took us on a tour of the hospital, and John McGregor (NIWA) was our willing volunteer to try out some of the equipment that would be very useful if someone was to suffer a cold injury onboard.

NIWA’s John McGregor is warmed up nicely after a few minutes under the Bairhugger heat blanket, under the supervision of Dr. Jenny Visser, during a staff hospital tour. The Bairhugger gently reheats someone who has hypothermia and works like a vacuum cleaner in reverse, blowing warm air into the air pockets of the blanket. Photo: Sadie Mills, NIWA.

Sadie Mills, NIWA

Dr. Jenny Visser in the ship’s hospital with the trauma kit which can be taken out on deck to treat patients outside.
Sadie Mills, NIWA

The hospital carries a selection of seasickness medicines in case anybody gets caught short.
Sadie Mills, NIWA

Research subject: Antarctica