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Injury and illness aboard an Antarctic cruise ship.
Wilderness Environ Med. 2007 Spring; 18(1):36-40.WE

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this study was to determine the incidence and patterns of injury and illness among passengers aboard a cruise ship in Antarctica.

METHODS

Demographic data on passengers were collected for all participants aboard Antarctica cruises on a single ship during the Antarctic summer cruise season of November 2004 through March 2005. Medical logs from each of 11 cruise trips were reviewed for presentation of injuries and illnesses.

RESULTS

A total of 1057 passengers were included in the study, of which 47.4% were male. The mean age of the passengers was 54 years (+/- 16.5 years). The overall incidence rate of injury and illness was 21.7 per 1000 person-days. Motion sickness was the most common condition, comprising 42.3% of all medical encounters by the ship physician, followed by infectious diseases (17.2%) and injury (15.0%). The incidence rate of injury increased significantly with age, whereas the incidence rate of motion sickness decreased significantly with age. There was little variation in the incidence and patterns of injury and illness between genders.

CONCLUSIONS

Most illnesses and injuries were due to the motion of the ship, and a large proportion of the passengers aboard the cruise ship in Antarctica were elderly. Injury among older passengers is of special concern.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 5801 Smith Ave, Davis Building, Suite 3220, Baltimore, MD 21209, USA. gbledso1@jhmi.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17447712

Citation

Bledsoe, Gregory H., et al. "Injury and Illness Aboard an Antarctic Cruise Ship." Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, vol. 18, no. 1, 2007, pp. 36-40.
Bledsoe GH, Brill JD, Zak D, et al. Injury and illness aboard an Antarctic cruise ship. Wilderness Environ Med. 2007;18(1):36-40.
Bledsoe, G. H., Brill, J. D., Zak, D., & Li, G. (2007). Injury and illness aboard an Antarctic cruise ship. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 18(1), 36-40.
Bledsoe GH, et al. Injury and Illness Aboard an Antarctic Cruise Ship. Wilderness Environ Med. 2007;18(1):36-40. PubMed PMID: 17447712.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Injury and illness aboard an Antarctic cruise ship. AU - Bledsoe,Gregory H, AU - Brill,Justin D, AU - Zak,Daniel, AU - Li,Guohua, PY - 2007/4/24/pubmed PY - 2007/5/15/medline PY - 2007/4/24/entrez SP - 36 EP - 40 JF - Wilderness & environmental medicine JO - Wilderness Environ Med VL - 18 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the incidence and patterns of injury and illness among passengers aboard a cruise ship in Antarctica. METHODS: Demographic data on passengers were collected for all participants aboard Antarctica cruises on a single ship during the Antarctic summer cruise season of November 2004 through March 2005. Medical logs from each of 11 cruise trips were reviewed for presentation of injuries and illnesses. RESULTS: A total of 1057 passengers were included in the study, of which 47.4% were male. The mean age of the passengers was 54 years (+/- 16.5 years). The overall incidence rate of injury and illness was 21.7 per 1000 person-days. Motion sickness was the most common condition, comprising 42.3% of all medical encounters by the ship physician, followed by infectious diseases (17.2%) and injury (15.0%). The incidence rate of injury increased significantly with age, whereas the incidence rate of motion sickness decreased significantly with age. There was little variation in the incidence and patterns of injury and illness between genders. CONCLUSIONS: Most illnesses and injuries were due to the motion of the ship, and a large proportion of the passengers aboard the cruise ship in Antarctica were elderly. Injury among older passengers is of special concern. SN - 1080-6032 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17447712/Injury_and_illness_aboard_an_Antarctic_cruise_ship_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1080-6032(07)70201-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -