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Developing and Validating Specific Medical Event Management Training Protocols for Flight Crews on Deep Space, Long-Duration Space Exploration Missions (NCC958HFP04501)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Behavior and performance
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

The success of the next phase of space exploration is dependent on the ability of training programs to prepare crews to manage a range of events, medical and technical, which may occur during space flight. Long-duration exploration missions (LDEMs) will require crewmembers to be more autonomous than on previous missions, making the development of countermeasures to mitigate the effects of in-flight medical events essential to both survival and mission success. In line with the research study, Customized Refresher and Just-in-Time Training for Long-Duration Spaceflight Crews (NCC958HFP03801) the project had two specific aims to add to knowledge about the risk of team performance errors resulting from a lack of medical focused non-technical skills.

This study had the following specific aims:
1. Identify objective measures of non-technical skills that enhance crew management of in-flight medical emergencies.
2. Develop a simulated spacecraft medical bay, and run a series of simulation scenarios to measure crew behavior during high acuity, low frequency medical emergencies.

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Data Information
Data Availability
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Behavioral performance
Crew cohesion
Crew training - medical emergencies
Just-in-time training
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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
Ground 05/01/2009 In Progress

Human Research Program (HRP) Human Research Roadmap (HRR) Information
Crew health and performance is critical to successful human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. The Human Research Program (HRP) investigates and mitigates the highest risks to human health and performance, providing essential countermeasures and technologies for human space exploration. Risks include physiological and performance effects from hazards such as radiation, altered gravity, and hostile environments, as well as unique challenges in medical support, human factors, and behavioral health support. The HRP utilizes an Integrated Research Plan (IRP) to identify the approach and research activities planned to address these risks, which are assigned to specific Elements within the program. The Human Research Roadmap is the web-based tool for communicating the IRP content.

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Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Eric Gallagher
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Proposal Date
Proposal Source
2015-16 HERO NNJ15ZSA001N