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System for the Management of Trauma and Emergency Surgery in SpaceThe need to develop a systems approach to the management of trauma and other major clinical medical events in space along with appropriate development and evaluation of surgical techniques and required hardware was investigated. A prototype zero gravity surgical module was constructed and tested aboard a KC-135 aircraft during parabolic arc zero G flight. To insure parity of quality care to that available on Earth, it was recommended that a clinical medical and bioengineering advisory committee define and help develop the necessary components of the clinical medical care system for the space station and lunar base. Key components of the system are aerospace surgical training, medical equipment development, including support hardware and software, rapid access to a network of specialty expertise, and continued research and development.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Houtchens, B.
(Texas Univ. Health Science Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
December 5, 1984
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:175439
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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