Medical Suction

Medical Suction

THE CHALLENGE
THE RESEARCH
THE PROGRESS
MEDICAL SUCTION GAPS


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Dr. Marsh Cuttino (left) and Dr. Gregory Kovacs observe the functioning of the Medical Chest Drainage System during a zero gravity parabola.

Dr. Marsh Cuttino (left) and Dr. Gregory Kovacs observe the functioning of the Medical Chest Drainage System during a  zero gravity parabola.

  • GRC – Glenn Research Center

    mL – milliliters

    NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research

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Medical Suction

We do not have the capability to provide medical suction and fluid containment during exploration missions.

Evidence from medical records, spaceflight operations and research findings provides the basis for identifying the most significant human risks in space exploration, including physiological and performance effects from hazards such as altered gravity, radiation, hostile/closed environments, isolation and distance. Each risk is assigned to an HRP Element (divisions of human research) to identify knowledge gaps, or the critical questions that must be answered, in order to mitigate the risk. These gaps become the focus of research conducted to reduce the likelihood and consequence of risks becoming a reality. To learn more about the Risk Identification and Mitigation process and the tasks developed to reduce those risks for the program please click on the link below the gap for more information.