crew will need to take action against microbial attack. This
will be both scheduled action, such as regular filter cleaning and disinfection
of "at risk" areas and systems, and un-scheduled action, such as infection
control measures should a crew member become sick.
if a crew member gets sick?
On the Space Station there is an Emergency Room in the Emergency
Escape Module. It has a pharmaceutical dispensary where
drugs are stored and medicines prepared. Sick crew members can be
examined, treated and hospitalized in this module of the station, but
it is designed only for short-term emergency treatment and treatments
of minor, non-life threatening conditions. Minor operations and
procedures to stabilize a patient's condition can be carried out.
If, however, a patient requires more complex surgery or other treatment
for a serious condition, he or she would be returned to Earth, probably
by means of the emergency escape vehicle. Within two hours of leaving
the Station they would be in hospital on Earth.
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