Development of a NASA Flight Surgeon Quick Reference Guide and Evaluation of the International Space Station Medical Kit: A Model for Resource-Limited Populations

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The development of an operational Flight Surgeon Quick Reference Guide to complement on-orbit crewmember medical checklists aims to standardize medical care on the part of NASA’s medical ground support for a unique patient population in an austere environment. Adapting terrestrial clinical guidelines for spaceflight requires not only reviewing both the current medical standard of care from various governing medical bodies, but also the pharmacologic and medical equipment armamentarium aboard the International Space Station. The product described herein reflects recommended medical management for various conditions and pharmacologic additions to the current ISS medical kit.

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medical kit, resource-limited, International Space Station, wilderness medicine, austere environment, flight surgeon, NASA
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