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Concordia Hospital: Peak remote medicine

18 Jan 2018, 14:35 UTC
Concordia Hospital: Peak remote medicine
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Dr. Carole Dangoisse is this year’s ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She is facilitating a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. In the following post, she summarises some of the experiments as well as the training she received to prepare her for a year on the frozen continent.
Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-C. Dangoisse
Even though my primary objective at Concordia is carrying out research, I cannot let go of the fact that I am a physician first and foremost. I therefore take every opportunity I can to visit the hospital and observe what my medical colleagues are confronted with and how they manage.
Although we are extremely distant from any large medical facilities, the Concordia hospital is far from my idea of “bush medicine”. The equipment is very exhaustive: it includes a surgical room with the possibility of performing general anesthesia, a dentist section, telemedicine devices, and everything needed to perform X-rays and simple blood or urine analysis.
Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-C. Dangoisse
This is all of course mandatory because during the nine months of isolation, we cannot be evacuated, even for emergencies. We ...

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