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Important Articles in Austere and Space Surgery

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Risk prediction and reduction studies:

  • Ball CG, Kirkpatrick AW, Williams DR, Jones JA, Polk JD, Vanderploeg JM, Talamini MA, Campbell MR, Broderick TJ. Prophylactic surgery prior to extended-duration space flight: is the benefit worth the risk? Can J Surg. 2012 Apr;55(2):125-31. doi: 10.1503/cjs.024610. PMID: 22564516; PMCID: PMC3310768.

  • Reyes DP, Carroll DJ, Walton ME, Antonsen EL, Kerstman EL. Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Prophylactic Surgery Before Extended-Duration Spaceflight. Surg Innov. 2021 Oct;28(5):573-581. doi: 10.1177/1553350620979809. Epub 2020 Dec 18. PMID: 33339485.

Anesthetic considerations for spaceflight:

  • Agnew JW, Fibuch EE, Hubbard JD. Anesthesia during and after exposure to microgravity. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2004 Jul;75(7):571-80. PMID: 15267078.

  • Komorowski M, Watkins SD, Lebuffe G, Clark JB. Potential anesthesia protocols for space exploration missions. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2013 Mar;84(3):226-33. doi: 10.3357/asem.3427.2013. PMID: 23513283.

  • Starck C, Thierry S, Bernard CI, Morineau T, Jaulin F, Chapelain P, Komorowski M. Tracheal intubation in microgravity: a simulation study comparing direct laryngoscopy and videolaryngoscopy†. Br J Anaesth. 2020 Jul;125(1):e47-e53. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2019.11.029. Epub 2020 Jan 6. PMID: 31916941.

  • Scarpa J, Wu CL. The role for regional anesthesia in medical emergencies during deep space flight. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2021 Oct;46(10):919-922. doi: 10.1136/rapm-2021-102710. Epub 2021 May 21. PMID: 34021077.

Technical aspects of surgery in space:

  • McCuaig KE, Houtchens BA. Management of trauma and emergency surgery in space. J Trauma. 1992 Oct;33(4):610-25; discussion 625-6. doi: 10.1097/00005373-199210000-00018. PMID: 1433409.

  • Campbell MR, Billica RD, Johnston SL 3rd. Animal surgery in microgravity. Aviat Space Environ Med. 1993 Jan;64(1):58-62. PMID: 8424742.

  • Broderick TJ, Privitera MB, Parazynski SE, Cuttino M. Simulated hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) in microgravity. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2005 Apr;15(2):145-8. doi: 10.1089/lap.2005.15.145. PMID: 15898905.

  • Campbell MR, Williams DR, Buckey JC Jr, Kirkpatrick AW. Animal surgery during spaceflight on the Neurolab Shuttle mission. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2005 Jun;76(6):589-93. PMID: 15945406.

  • Lerner DJ, Parmet AJ. Interventional radiology: the future of surgery in microgravity. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2013 Dec;84(12):1304-6. doi: 10.3357/asem.3790.2013. PMID: 24459805.

Logistics of surgery in spaceflight:

Perioperative care considerations for spaceflight: