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Canadian surgeons first had surgery in zero gravity

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Baku, July 14, AZERTAC

To prepare for potential emergencies in orbit (when the astronaut will need urgent surgical intervention), a group of canadian doctors performed surgery on the model of the human body. The experiment took place on Board of research aircraft, during the flight, which created the conditions of weightlessness. This publication reports Gizmag.

In zero gravity surgical intervention is difficult because the patient must bind to the table, the internal organs easily leave their places, and the behavior of blood becomes totally uncontrollable. To cope with these problems, major of medical service Andrew Kirkpatrick (Andrew Kirkpatrick) gathered a group of surgeons and conducted an experiment.

The operation took place on June 26 Board research jet Dassault Falcon 20, simulating the conditions of reduced gravity. The aircraft flies parabolic arcs, the highest point in which his crew is experiencing up to 30 seconds of weightlessness. In these moments, the surgeons from the U.S. and Canada had an urgent operation on opening the abdomen for the elimination of internal bleeding.

The role of the patient has performed a special vest Cut Suit, produced by American company Strategic Operations, which specializes in ultra-realistic simulations of power operations (starting from models of weapons and buildings to the work of doctors on the battlefield). Usually Cut Suit fills internal organs and artificial blood, and then put on the actor, which simulates the sensation of pain, while military surgeon fulfills the skills of operations in the combat environment.

However, in the new experiment, the job took a computer and a set of sensors that can detect the level of gravity. In a state of weightlessness in Cut Suit included special sediment, and created the bloodstream. When gravity returned to normal, the operation was suspended until the next session of weightlessness.

System led monitoring of blood loss "patient" and the physiological state of surgeons. Doctors also tested a new foam designed to stop the bleeding.

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