PRAXES Medical Group to be the Global Medical Support Partner for Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2015-16
The Halifax, Nova Scotia, based company PRAXES Medical Group will be a fleet sponsor and medical support partner providing global medical coverage for Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crew and skippers for the second time in the upcoming 2015-16 race. PRAXES will now be providing the on-board medical kits and supplies as well, a new service for this race. The team at PRAXES is thrilled to continue to build on this exciting Clipper Race partnership.
In the 2013-14 Clipper Race, PRAXES team of Canadian emergency physicians responded to more than 100 calls from Clipper Race yachts regarding a wide range of medical situations. PRAXES doctors advised on everything from respiratory problems, infections, eye injuries, rashes, dislocations, broken ribs and emergency advice following Andrew Taylor’s man overboard rescue in the North Pacific Ocean. When incidents happen, a qualified physician will swiftly respond within five minutes of the call to assess the illness or injury, recommend treatments and give permission to administer drugs.
According to Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, having PRAXES support to count on provides unlimited peace of mind.
“Knowing the PRAXES doctors were available during emergencies and other medical situations was extremely reassuring for our crew on the last race so I am delighted to be continuing the partnership,” said Knox-Johnston. “The safety of our crew who are tackling Mother Nature’s toughest conditions is paramount for us. Knowing expert medical advice is available should anything happen means the loved ones of crew are reassured at home as well.”
PRAXES doctors have access to the medical records of the Clipper Race crew and skippers. They also provide a “virtual clinic” by video at each stopover port. Sailors can get immediate access to healthcare advice, even though they are thousands of miles away from their own physicians. The service significantly reduced the number of in-port hospital visits during the 2013-14 race, which had a positive impact on insurance costs.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the race,” said PRAXES CEO Susan Helliwell. “Sir Robin, the skippers, staff and crews have all been enthusiastic about our 24/7 service. We are very pleased to play a role in supporting crew health.”
About Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world’s longest ocean race, also known as one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges. The race is 40,000 miles long and takes almost a year to complete. Twelve teams race on a matched fleet of Clipper Race 70 ocean racing yachts.
Established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in 1996 to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to experience the thrill of ocean racing, it’s the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Approximately 40 per cent of crew have no sailing experience before they sign up to the challenge. This is where everyone from doctors to massage therapists, truck drivers, students, nurses, and landscape gardeners join together to take on Mother Nature’s toughest conditions.
About PRAXES Medical Group
Established in 1997, PRAXES specializes in advanced telemedicine services for the marine and energy sectors. PRAXES is on-call for clients such as the Canadian Navy, the Coast Guard, the oil and gas industry, mine sites, and prisons. Using satellite phones and customized software, emergency medical professionals are available to guide clients through medical situations and emergencies no matter where they are located in the world. The PRAXES mission is to improve remote health care while simultaneously reducing cost and risk for clients.
For further information on the Clipper Race please visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com