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How Do We Handle Medical Emergencies In Space?

Handling medical emergencies in space is very different than handling them on Earth! What would happen if a person got a major cut, or suffered a heart attack? Trace discusses why it’s so difficult to handle these emergencies, and how some students are developing a portable ultrasound for space!

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