CLIPPERTELEMED+ RENEWS MEDICAL PARTNERSHIP WITH WORLD’S LARGEST OCEAN RACE
09 March 2017
ClipperTelemed+ by PRAXES Medical, which specialises in providing health services in some of the most remote locations on the planet, has today announced an extension of its Medical Partnership with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race until 2020.
“Before anything else, the safety and wellbeing of Clipper Race crew is our priority,” says legendary solo sailor and Clipper Race Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
“The ClipperTelemed+ by PRAXES Medical partnership allows peace of mind for crew and their loved ones and ensures that, in the rare occasion that it is called upon, the very best medical resource and support will be available 24/7 via satellite phone. We are very pleased to announce this partnership will now include the 2017-18 and 2019-20 editions of the Clipper Race.”
Canada based PRAXES, and the Clipper Race, one of the planet’s toughest endurance challenges, first joined forces in 2013.
Following a successful first partnership, the two organisations created ClipperTelemed+, combining PRAXES’s medical expertise with the Clipper
Race’s global platform in order to offer the benefits to other mariners. During
the Clipper 2013-14 Race PRAXES responded to 96 calls for medical assistance,
which contributed to a reduction of in-port hospital visits and a £300,000
reduction in insurance claims.
Ahead of the Clipper 2017-18 Race start in August, ClipperTelemed+ by PRAXES Medical will provide medical training for the twelve Clipper Race Skippers and designated on board Medic crew. It will also provide all medical equipment and supplies and 24/7 access to tele-physician services for the duration of the race.
Susan Helliwell, PRAXES Medical Group CEO, says: “Being able to provide
rapid access to expert medical advice, anywhere, anytime, for those taking on this
challenging adventure, not only provides excellent peace of mind for crew
members and their loved ones, but also reduces the overall costs and disruption
of unnecessary medevacs and vessel diversions.
“We are delighted to announce the continuation of the ClipperTelemed+ by PRAXES Medical Partnership and look forward to providing 24/7 medical advice and support for all Clipper 2017-18 and 2019-20 Race crew members.”
In the event of an incident at sea, a qualified emergency doctor will be available on the satellite phone within five minutes to give medical advice. If medication is needed they will prescribe from the medical kit on board. The intent is to administer the correct care, allowing the patient to be treated immediately on board.
PRAXES medical experts include emergency and occupational physicians who have years of experience providing remote medical access to patients in the world’s most hostile environments, where there are limited options and no rapid access to x-rays, tests or hi-tech hospital equipment.
PRAXES has supported remote workers in dangerous environments for 20 years and currently supports over 75,000 people from 40 countries in a variety of markets including seafarers, oil and mine workers, employees of corporations, travelers and foreign students.
Demand for immediate access to physicians 24/7 is increasing as companies, groups and even individuals wish to access the same services and benefits the Clipper crew experience.
Visit www.clippertelemed.com to find out more.