The Space Nursing Society is an international space advocacy organization devoted to space nursing and the contribution to space exploration by Registered Nurses.  SNS is an affiliated special interest group associated with the National Space Society.

 

Founded in 1991, the SNS has over 400 members from around the world including Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Scotland and the United States. 

 

The SNS provides a forum for the discussion and exploration of issues related to nursing in space and its impact upon the understanding of earthbound nursing through conference participation and its newsletter, Expanding Horizons.

 

The information being learned in the microgravity environment of space has tremendous applications for the bed-bound patient on earth.

Bed rest is considered analogous to some of the reactions the astronauts have experienced in space, which include inner ear fluid shifts, loss of plasma volume, muscle atrophy, demineralization and calcium/bone loss. 

 

If one were to consider the issues of confined spaces, closed ecological systems with little personal space, and psychological-social interactions, there are many earth-bound counterparts that could benefit from what is being learned via space research.

 

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Surgery in Space 2007: Where Are We Now?

On February 26, 2007, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced an undersea mission to include “first flight surgeon”. The mission named NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 12, NEEMO 12 for short, will include among many experiments, a hands-on telesurgery demonstrations and robotic telesurgery technology.1 The mission will take place in the ocean depths off the coast of Florida from May 7-18 this year.

 

The purpose of this phase of the mission is to help surgeons to overcome simulated interplanetary communication lag time issues related to robotic and telesurgery.2   This news release is very exciting since it demonstrates a shift in focus within the United States Space Program. Only in the last few years has the human factors issues of space flight begun to take center stage; brought on in part by the new push within NASA to return to the Moon and go on to Mars as directed by President Bush’s “Vision for Space Exploration”. More...


 

August 11th, 2008

Flight attendant gets a shot at final frontier

 

 

 

Space Nursing Society updates it's web site, adding articles, biographies, the New Member Application, and our Summer 2008 - Expanding Horizons Newsletter.

PARIS - A French flight attendant has won an opportunity to fly to the edge of space after rescuing a winning candy wrapper from the garbage.Mathilde Epron, 32, could take a trip into space aboard a Rocketplane XL craft as early as 2010, thanks to a space tourism competition sponsored by Nestle's KitKat line of chocolate bars.

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Injured By a Spacecraft? There’s a Diagnostic Code for That

So we’ve got this patient here who was injured in this spaceship accident. You know, just a routine, uh, orbital mishap. But how do we account for that? Oh, right, it’s ICD-9 code E845 — “Accident involving spacecraft.”

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NASA used cadavers in Orion landing tests

Personnel working under contract for NASA used cadavers in tests to develop landing systems, spacesuits and seats in the new Orion moonship, space agency officials said Friday.
Three human bodies were used in the tests at Ohio State University Medical Center last summer and fall.

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Expanding Horizons - Summer 2008

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