Surgery in the Microgravity Environment

by Paul Chastain, US Air Force Acad, United States,
Mel Dealie, US Air Force Acad, United States,
Todd Dierlam, US Air Force Acad, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


As man becomes more active in space, the possibility of major medical emergencies requiring surgical procedures will increase. Surgery in the microgravity environment involves many challenges not found on earth. Problems such as the flow of intravenous fluids, the operation of suction devices, and the containment of body fluids are key areas of concern. The solutions to these problems require new equipment and expertise. This paper examines these problems and proposes some possible solutions.

Subject Headings: Fluid flow | Gravity forces | Human factors | Suction | Equipment and machinery | Emergency management | Environmental issues | Health hazards

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