Emergency medicine in space

Lowan H. Stewart, Donald Trunkey, G. Steve Rebagliati

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Abstract

Recent events, including the development of space tourism and commercial spaceflight, have increased the need for specialists in space medicine. With increased duration of missions and distance from Earth, medical and surgical events will become inevitable. Ground-based medical support will no longer be adequate when return to Earth is not an option. Pending the inclusion of sub-specialists, clinical skills and medical expertise will be required that go beyond those of current physician-astronauts, yet are well within the scope of Emergency Medicine. Emergency physicians have the necessary broad knowledge base as well as proficiency in basic surgical skills and management of the critically ill and injured. Space medicine shares many attributes with extreme conditions and environments that many emergency physicians already specialize in. This article is an introduction to space medicine, and a review of current issues in the emergent management of medical and surgical disease during spaceflight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • emergency medicine
  • emergency procedures
  • microgravity
  • space
  • spaceflight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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