How astronauts handle medical meltdowns in space

  • Published on:  8/24/2018
  • When astronauts go into space they need to be in peak physical fitness, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get sick. And when they do, there is no clinic or hospital nearby. In this episode, Loren visits the STRATUS Center in Boston, where simulations are being developed to train astronauts on how to handle medical emergencies. Subscribe: The Verge on Facebook: on Twitter: on Instagram: More: http://www.theverge.comCommunity guidelines: to Verge Science on YouTube, a new home base for our explorations into the future of science:


  • The Verge
    The Verge  a years ago+33

    Do you think you could handle a medical emergency in space?

  • Yathu prem
    Yathu prem a years ago+79

    Did u stab him in the lungs for simulation ???

  • pepperoni dave
    pepperoni dave a years ago+37

    bruh just use WebMD

  • Asfan Ebi
    Asfan Ebi a years ago+39

    i never thought of this kind of emergency. there’s more for us to think about. to go to Mars is indeed a BIG step

  • Trevor Phillips
    Trevor Phillips 11 months ago+6

    Wouldn't it be easier to train a doctor to be an astronaut, then an astronaut to be a doctor.

  • Anh Trieu
    Anh Trieu a years ago+10

    I need House M.D., space edition.

  • Julian Duque
    Julian Duque a years ago+15

    I love this but please clean that sensor...

  • EKoS26
    EKoS26 a years ago+63

    Just call 911

  • 64 bits
    64 bits a years ago+16

    Pretty good acting...

  • kamenwaticlients
    kamenwaticlients 11 months ago+4

    This is fascinating. How do they deal with blood not pooling? They should bring a doctor with them on the trip. Being able to manufacture drugs is the next step as well as surgical bots. They need an EMH.

  • Schrader
    Schrader 11 months ago+3

    Why is it so dark in this training room? That wouldn't be the case on the ISS.

  • Darryl Giors
    Darryl Giors 11 months ago+3

    4:58 "I got bronchitis! 'Aint nobody got time for that!"
    "I thought somebody was barbequing."

  • Balding Patriot
    Balding Patriot 11 months ago+2

    "In an extraterrestrial environment, simulating things before they actually occur... is a real opportunity to improve the care we provide potential patients in a space mission."
    So that's why they have the medical emergency with an astronaut named Ripley... (3:57)

  • Dysentique
    Dysentique a years ago+1

    Space Craft is my favourite series of the Verge and yet another season and another great episode. Great Job the Verge!

  • Savior NT
    Savior NT 3 months ago

    Need military based combat medical training, also WFR (Wilderness First Responder) course would help as well in order to train for "McGyvering" medical solutions.

  • ydn
    ydn a years ago

    Wow. Love the quality of this video. 👍

  • J
    J a years ago+2

    The lighting in the test room was terrible and I think that equipping a spacecraft with „white” lights only is a better option than overwhelming the crew with flickering red and blue light.
    This may be part of the test or a recreation of how Hollywood likes to think space emergencies look like.

  • Marcos Figueroa
    Marcos Figueroa a years ago+6

    Call space 911

  • A D
    A D a years ago+7

    I wonder what the expiration date is on some of those medical products, especially the medications. It's not like you can just go pick something up from the medical supply store.

  • micaiah middleton
    micaiah middleton a years ago+3

    Wow, that solar panel/gas leak problem was terrifying!