Space The Final Frontier & Psychiatric Decompensation

in space •  11 months ago

In all the Space Fiction stories there is very little about bad injuries.

Well if you leave out the Alien jumping out of the surprised guys stomach.

"The Martian," has a bit of the gore in it.

But for the most there are fantastic robotic machines that knit everybody back together.

And I suppose this is OK.


As we are calling it Science Fiction.

We might as well have Holographic Doctors and Amazing Scanning healing machines.

But as we are not quite there yet, I was fascinated reading an article about a guy who wants to be a Space Doctor.

It struck me as I read the article, we do know diddly squat about getting major injuries in Space.

We know very little of the effects of Deep Space Travel on the human body.

So what happens when we throw in a broken leg or arm.

Or a "Rupture of the deep femoral artery from blunt trauma."

Spurting blood will create a rocket effect on the body.

Newton's third law of motion

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Yep we are in a "Space Age Grey's Anatomy."

Yes it sounds like being a Space Age Medicine man will be a hoot.

It will be more akin to the Doc Holiday Cowboy Dentist filling in as the local Dust Bowl Quack.

Learning on the job.

I wonder how many simulations they would need to run, to stitch a a deep gash.

We depend on Gravity for more than gluing us to the Earths surface.

Doctors on earth depend on it to fix the body beautiful.

So we need an Artificial Gravity in Space.

This we do not have at the moment.

So we are back to the Cowboy Dentist, fixing the Gunslingers wounds.

Then pulling his teeth for good luck.

He has a Medical Education. Just not this.

Space will offer up its own version of the human body.

I predict people will have their limbs amputated, to get a good paying job in Space.

You really do not need your legs, in a Weightless environment.

An extra pair of hands would be better.

That is not what we will be watching in the Movies of course.

Back in the day.

One in three cowboys in the Wild West were Mexican.

One in four were Black Men, who were released from slavery

But we still prefer to believe, the Cowboy was a 6"6" blond hair Scandinavian template.

So seeing Tom Cruise as an Octopus-Man courting a 6 armed Space woman.

Is not something I will expect to see in my life time of Cinema.

We will see a different type of human evolve in Space.

Humans living longer on the Moons of Saturn.

And their Medical needs will be very different from what we envisage now.

How about going nuts because of the vast loneliness of Space.

NASA calls this "Psychiatric Decompensation."

So it was nice to actually read an article, that covered this very Space Medicine subject.

Read On:


Still does. The French-born anesthesiologist, currently getting a PhD at Imperial College London, applied to the European Space Agency in 2008.
But he knows his chances are limited. “Being basically a medical resident I didn’t get very far in the selection,”

Komorowski says. “But I’ve been working on building up my skills.”

Among those skills: administering anesthesia for surgery. And as Komorowski found when he started looking at the literature on space medicine, that might be more helpful than it sounds. Of all the concerns about astronaut safety and health, traumatic injury is the one that worries people the most. It has the biggest potential impact on a mission and, worse, it’s the one people know least about.

In part that’s because it has never happened.

Over decades of Apollo, Mir, Skylab, space shuttle, and International Space Station missions, astronauts have had medical concerns and problems—and, of course, there have been deadly catastrophes. But no astronaut has ever had a major injury or needed surgery in space. If humans ever again venture past low Earth orbit and outward toward, say, Mars, someone is going to get hurt. A 2002 ESA report put the chances of a bad medical problem on a space mission at 0.06 per person-year.

As Komorowski wrote in a journal article last year, for a crew of six on a 900-day mission to Mars, that’s pretty much one major emergency all but guaranteed.

Worst case: Someone goes outside the spacecraft to fix something heavy and it gets away from them, crushing an arm or a leg. The astronaut gets exposed to vacuum, but makes it back inside the vehicle—dehydrated, partially frozen, bleeding heavily, in shock. What happens next will depend on whether the crew is in orbit around Earth, or in interplanetary space—and on what kind of gear is on board.

NASA doesn’t seem headed for Mars any time soon, but people like Elon Musk are making noises about missions as early as the end of this decade. At the International Astronomical Conference in Guadalajara last September, Musk described plans for a Mars mission that seem to now be delayed or scaled back. But he still says SpaceX is going. Speaking to the ISS Research and Development Conference in Washington DC on July 19, Musk also said: “If safety is your top goal, I would not go to Mars.”

Yes, sure, space is unsafe. Even if you manage to stave off killer radiation, you still have to worry about muscles atrophying and bones getting less dense—and more breakable—in weightlessness.
Not to mention the ever-present danger, thanks to long-term isolation in a confined space, of
“psychiatric decompensation.”
That’s NASA-talk for catastrophic marbles-losing.

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Very interesting, and kind of scary. Space is one of my favorite topics, so I was happy to find this post tonight. Thanks @franks. Resteemed,upvoted, and followed you too.