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How to deal with a medical emergency on the Space Station

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10 January 2016 : http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35254508" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

"A major medical emergency has never occurred on the International Space Station - but what would happen if it did?
And what lessons could be learnt for treating similar emergencies on Earth? "

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Hi WB, I think thats a really good point. I think it could probably teach us more about working in remote locations and places where if things go wrong there is no escape. I cant seem to think of any situation worse than a major medical issue in space. Hence my opinion on being mad if you want to go to space.
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Yeah, I think I'll wait until the hyposprays and dermal regenerators are standard. :)
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given that they're in contact with Earth virtually constantly then help and specialist advice is never that far away, so the guys on the Space Station are probably better situated than, say, a farmer carrying out fencing on an uplands farm or a night watchman. I should also imagine that they've also gone through more than First Aid at Work training.
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jonsi wrote:I should also imagine that they've also gone through more than First Aid at Work training.
40 hours of medical training, apparently, which is actually slightly less than I would have expected.
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witsd wrote:
jonsi wrote:I should also imagine that they've also gone through more than First Aid at Work training.
40 hours of medical training, apparently, which is actually slightly less than I would have expected.
that's around what I had as an Ambulance First Responder ...
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I just want to know if their first aid kits contain space blankets? Seems only right!!

40 hours medical training??? Doesnt seem much does it?

From what I saw on the 'walking the Himalayas' documentary last night (where the TV presenter/explorer was involved in a hideous RTC), you would still be better off in space than relying in medial services in Nepal!!
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[quote="Messy"]I just want to know if their first aid kits contain space blankets? Seems only right!! quote]

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Messy wrote:From what I saw on the 'walking the Himalayas' documentary last night (where the TV presenter/explorer was involved in a hideous RTC), you would still be better off in space than relying in medial services in Nepal!!
At least when you are in space, people have a pretty good idea where you are!

Plus, way less chance of falling in zero G.
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witsd wrote:At least when you are in space, people have a pretty good idea where you are!
...and nobody can hear you scream!! (c)
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I did a first aid at work course a few year ago, shortly after it was made compulsory for north sea drivers? unsure on that one but there where loads of them on the course and the instructor was actually a dive tutor. It was a really good course becuase as most of the gents on the course were divers he ran an extra day after the normal what was a 4 day course back then to tell us what would happen in the event of an emergency during a sat dive. Basically it was brutal in the fact that if you cut of a limb you lost it and if you suffered a heart attack while diving the chances of getting any treatment where rare as you have to decompress for 7 days. I am not sure how true that is but I would assume the situation would be similar in space and hence the reason why they only send fit people up there?
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