On the practicality of emergency surgery during long-duration space missions

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Abstract

While discussions of the practicality of surgery in space often focus on technical issues, such as adapting instrumentation and procedures for use in microgravity, programmatic issues need to be addressed if meaningful capabilities for emergency surgery are to be considered for human exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit. Advanced technologies that have been evaluated, including simulation-enhanced training, telementoring, or robotic assistance, might help prepare or augment a crew medical officer, but a physician with advanced training and relevant experience will be needed if surgical capabilities beyond basic emergency aid are to be considered. Specific operational roles for physician-astronauts should be established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-713
Number of pages2
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Volume79
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

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Keywords

  • Astronaut health
  • Bioastronautics
  • Policy
  • Space medicine
  • Surgery
  • Surgical training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Medicine(all)

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On the practicality of emergency surgery during long-duration space missions. / Dawson, David L.

In: Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 79, No. 7, 07.2008, p. 712-713.

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