September 15, 2020
“The medical facilities on board a major cruise ship are extensive and able to manage most medical emergencies in a timely way that isn’t possible in many other situations,” Wu says. Cruise lines are required to have onboard medical facilities that are built, equipped, and staffed in accordance with guidelines set by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Ships must maintain a medical crew that is capable of diagnosing sick patients, caring for them on board, and evacuating patients in a timely fashion if necessary. It's also a longstanding practice within the cruise industry to have outbreak prevention and response protocols in the event of a communicable illness onboard, says the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the trade group that represents most major lines.
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