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#1
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Is there some document or other information that outlines what medical procedures can be performed on the ship and when they will require you to get off the ship for medical attention?

We are traveling with my 95 year old Mother who recently was hospitalized for gall stones. Her Doctors have stated there is no way to determine if she will have another attack and have encouraged us to take our cruise (Christmas on the Island Princess). However, our concern is if she were to have another attack would they require us to get off the ship in Mexico, Guatemala or Nicaragua or would they treat her on the ship?

We have Princess Insurance but I cannot find any document that outlines what conditions they can treat on the ship or when they would require us to get off the ship. We are concerned about having my Mother hospitalized off the ship.

Any information is appreciated.
#2
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You may want to call Princess and ask. What I can say is I was surprised at how advanced the facilities were and I was once on a princess ship where we did an open sea rescue of a very sick person that was on another boat and took them to Panama for treatment. BTW make sure you have travel/medical insurance that covers pre-existing conditions and a large evacuation allowance. They will evac you by air to first rate medical facilities if you need it.
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We did the Ultimate Ship Tour in August on the Emerald.

I am a nurse and was really interested in the medical facilities and really impressed with what they can do. I also asked a ton of questions.

They have capacity to do ICU care (2 patients) along with your typical gastritis, respiratory illness, simple fractures, stitches and all the typical first aid.

I asked about surgery on board and the Doctor said they could do simple stuff. Of course I had to ask what simple meant and she laughed and said sutures, removal of foreign bodies and non compound fractures. She said appendix and gall bladders were out and they made arrangements to move those patients to a land based hospital.

She also said strokes and heart attacks were also moved to land based hospitals immediately.

Now that doesn't mean they would not take care of your mom if she had another attack. They have x-ray and sonogram machines. If it was a mild attack and she just needed fluids and pain medicine they could do that. If it was an obstruction that needed surgery then she would be taken to the nearest port to a land based hospital.

Now with that being said and having just had a stroke a month ago myself I say GO FOR IT life is to short.

If she is 95 and wants to go on a cruise for Christmas, sounds like through the Panama Canal, take her and have a great time and make wonderful memories.
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I very much doubt such a list exists. And even if one did solely for internal circulation it may not ever be put in writing, only to be discussed by the decision making parties on the Q.T.

The decision to medically disembark a passenger is made by the Captain in consultation with the medical staff. The nature of the patient's malady is judged against factors such as the drain their treatment would place on the medical staff and facilites--would there still be sufficient resources should another emergency befall on of the 3,000-odd passengers and crew of Island? Plus how long are the gaps between ports with hospitals able to accept her transfer--a Panama Canal cruise has several segments of consecutive sea days.

Should your mother decide to take the cruise--and I am not suggesting she not--be sure to ask her physician for a two week supply of the max dose of whichever painkillers she was given. Because if the ship's doctor judges she need a palliative-care-level of pain meds she will almost certainly be put off at the next port--narcotics and a 95 year old patient are not something the Captain will want the responsibility of. I developed gall stones in my late 30s and it took elephantine doses of morphine each time I had a flare up. And when they finally took me to surgery my common duct was more than 95% obstructed. So the question is, would you or she want an unfamiliar surgeon in a facility of indeterminate quality dealing with such a case?
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The medical staff can X-ray and set broken bones, give transfusions, do very minor procedures that wouldn’t require anything other than a local aesthetic, etc. They cannot do surgery. Gall stones, kidney stones, appendicitis, diverticulitis, etc. would be evacuated.

Insurance gets very complicated if there’s a pre-existing condition. MedJetAssist is probably not an option for the elderly. At 75, the rates go way up and require a medical exam.
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Unfortunately I had to use the Regal's medical Center a few days ago. They have beds with the equipment to monitor vitals, an x-ray machine and well stocked pharmacy. They may have more but that's all I saw first hand.


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The medical staff aboard is required to be certified in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), and so should be able to handle many sorts of problems .... kind of like an ER on the sea.
For serious or critical ailments they cannot completely handle aboard ...they can stabilize the patient as much as is possible and provide supportive care for them until they can be evacuated to a shoreside hospital.

I am a retired RN, and have made it a point to chat up the nurses on the ships whenever I have had an opportunity. How the medical center is staffed and equipped, and what they are stocked with is quite impressive ...... and reassuring.

I'm not quite as elderly as OP's mother, but am past the 75 mark, and still can have MedJetAssist coverage ..... for about $80 more per year than the cost for those under 75, provided my personal physician completes a required form vouching for me being healthy enough to travel. So far, he has been happy to do that for me.
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#9
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Thank you all for the information on the medical facility, much, much appreciated. Yes, this is a Panama Canal cruise and yes the issue is gall stones. If it was like her prior situation she would not require surgery but would require fluids, pain medication, and antibiotics.

I have looked into regular travel insurance and Med-Vac Assist but the cost is very high because of her age. That is main reason we chose the Princess Insurance because it is the same cost no matter the age. Of course that was prior to her gall bladder attack and even if she wanted to consider it now it likely would be considered a pre-existing condition and not cover her anyway.

Her GI Doctor has said there are no easy answers. He said she may never have another attack or she could have one tomorrow. He also encouraged us to go on the cruise so we are now leaning in that direction.

Again thanks for all of the information - while much of it backs up what I think I already knew it does confirm some of the information and I learned a few new things.

Jill
#10
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Originally posted by jill1349
Thank you all for the information on the medical facility, much, much appreciated. Yes, this is a Panama Canal cruise and yes the issue is gall stones. If it was like her prior situation she would not require surgery but would require fluids, pain medication, and antibiotics.

I have looked into regular travel insurance and Med-Vac Assist but the cost is very high because of her age. That is main reason we chose the Princess Insurance because it is the same cost no matter the age. Of course that was prior to her gall bladder attack and even if she wanted to consider it now it likely would be considered a pre-existing condition and not cover her anyway.

Her GI Doctor has said there are no easy answers. He said she may never have another attack or she could have one tomorrow. He also encouraged us to go on the cruise so we are now leaning in that direction.

Again thanks for all of the information - while much of it backs up what I think I already knew it does confirm some of the information and I learned a few new things.

Jill
Take her on the cruise and purchase medivac insurance.
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I’ve been wondering about this myself. The last few months I’ve been getting a migraine during my time of month and have had to go to er twice because my meds weren’t working. My time of month (sorry guys, tmi I know) falls on my cruise week this month ughhhh and I’m scared that I might need to use the medical facilities. Has anyone had to use it for migraine? I hope they are well stocked with pain medication LOL!

I want to do the tour, sounds interesting!
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I can't speak for Princess medical Staff but we were on the Serenade of the Seas ( RCCL ) this past August when my husband suffered a heart attack, until we got to St Johns where he was hospitalized both the Hospital there and at home in Calif where he was later medivac'd, were amazed at the medical attention my husband was given.
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In Sept this year prior to boarding the Caribbean Princess we, the Wife, and her Sister and her Husband stayed over in London to go sight seeing. Using different TA's we stayed at different Hotels so we did not know what happened until later.
The second day, while riding a hop on/hop off bus, my Sister in Law thought the bus had stopped so she started down the stairs. The Bus moved, Stopped, Moved again and stopped again. This process tossed her down the stairs.
The driver offered to call an ambulance, but she thought that she was just sore from the impact and was not bleeding.
Fast forward to the Mustard Drill. Sister in Law looked like she had been run over by an elephant which cause my Wife a lot of concern.
Sister in Law was reluctant to go to the Ships Medical facility, so we went down there and talked to the head Nurse. Told her what happened and the Sister in Laws feelings. Nurse said go back and get her. She needs to be looked at.
Long story short. Sister in Law was X-Rayed, discovered 3 cracked ribs, and was given Meds for the pain. The Doctor even insisted that she come back again the next day, no charge, just so he could check on her.
Charges were placed on her ship account.
Back home she filed with insurance and quickly received a check.
All in All the ship board Medical unit treated her very well
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Originally posted by puggleperson
I’ve been wondering about this myself. The last few months I’ve been getting a migraine during my time of month and have had to go to er twice because my meds weren’t working.
If I were you - I would speak to your local doctor and see if he can prescribe a medication for you in advance.
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Originally posted by 4x4bob
In Sept this year prior to boarding the Caribbean Princess we, the Wife, and her Sister and her Husband stayed over in London to go sight seeing. Using different TA's we stayed at different Hotels so we did not know what happened until later.
The second day, while riding a hop on/hop off bus, my Sister in Law thought the bus had stopped so she started down the stairs. The Bus moved, Stopped, Moved again and stopped again. This process tossed her down the stairs.
The driver offered to call an ambulance, but she thought that she was just sore from the impact and was not bleeding.
Fast forward to the Mustard Drill. Sister in Law looked like she had been run over by an elephant which cause my Wife a lot of concern.
Sister in Law was reluctant to go to the Ships Medical facility, so we went down there and talked to the head Nurse. Told her what happened and the Sister in Laws feelings. Nurse said go back and get her. She needs to be looked at.
Long story short. Sister in Law was X-Rayed, discovered 3 cracked ribs, and was given Meds for the pain. The Doctor even insisted that she come back again the next day, no charge, just so he could check on her.
Charges were placed on her ship account.
Back home she filed with insurance and quickly received a check.
All in All the ship board Medical unit treated her very well
Bob
Not to be noisy - but 'approximately' how much did that visit cost including x-ray and med, etc - and obviously you can ignore - but it might help the forum posters to get an idea of the cost as compared to on land
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Originally posted by voljeep
Not to be noisy - but 'approximately' how much did that visit cost including x-ray and med, etc - and obviously you can ignore - but it might help the forum posters to get an idea of the cost as compared to on land
I had the misfortune to need to visit the medical center last week on the Star. $95.00 to be seen by the doctor. Any medications or diagnostic tests were additional. Hope that is helpful.
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voljeep, the 1 night emergency ( husbands heart attack until we were transferred to Newfoundland rounded off, was $12,000.00 our medical insurance is sending me a check for the full amount after I sent them the full medical cost and receipt of payment from my Credit Card. This will pay off my CC.
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Originally posted by flamomo
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I'm not quite as elderly as op's mother, but am past the 75 mark, and still can have medjetassist coverage ..... For about $80 more per year than the cost for those under 75, provided my personal physician completes a required form vouching for me being healthy enough to travel. So far, he has been happy to do that for me.


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the diamond membership offered by medjet is available to individuals age 75 to 84. Diamond members are limited to one medical transport per membership year, otherwise enjoy all the same benefits as all other medjetassist members. For this membership, we do require a brief health questionnaire and medical statement form be completed.
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Originally posted by jill1349
Is there some document or other information that outlines what medical procedures can be performed on the ship and when they will require you to get off the ship for medical attention?

We are traveling with my 95 year old Mother who recently was hospitalized for gall stones. Her Doctors have stated there is no way to determine if she will have another attack and have encouraged us to take our cruise (Christmas on the Island Princess). However, our concern is if she were to have another attack would they require us to get off the ship in Mexico, Guatemala or Nicaragua or would they treat her on the ship?

We have Princess Insurance but I cannot find any document that outlines what conditions they can treat on the ship or when they would require us to get off the ship. We are concerned about having my Mother hospitalized off the ship.

Any information is appreciated.

Is it possible for her to have the gallstones removed prior to the cruise? From everything I know and I had mine out at age 42, the Dr said they will only get worse until they are removed.
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Originally posted by jill1349
Is there some document or other information that outlines what medical procedures can be performed on the ship and when they will require you to get off the ship for medical attention?



We are traveling with my 95 year old Mother who recently was hospitalized for gall stones. Her Doctors have stated there is no way to determine if she will have another attack and have encouraged us to take our cruise (Christmas on the Island Princess). However, our concern is if she were to have another attack would they require us to get off the ship in Mexico, Guatemala or Nicaragua or would they treat her on the ship?



We have Princess Insurance but I cannot find any document that outlines what conditions they can treat on the ship or when they would require us to get off the ship. We are concerned about having my Mother hospitalized off the ship.



Any information is appreciated.


Depending on when you signed for/paid for that insurance, you may or may not have a "waiver of ore-existing conditions." Read you fine print.


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