Two countermeasures are currently employed to ameliorate post-flight orthostatic intolerance: fluid loading and an anti-gravity suit. Unfortunately, neither of these is completely effective for all phases of landing and egress; thus, continued countermeasure development is important. Preliminary evidence has shown that commercial graded compression garments that include abdominal compression can significantly improve orthostatic tolerance.
The specific aims of this study were:
1. Evaluate custom-fitted, commercial compression garments as countermeasures to post-flight orthostatic intolerance during stand tests performed before and after spaceflight.
2. Determine if these garments, which provide a continuous, graded compression from the foot to the hip, with a static compression over the lower abdomen, provide superior fit and comfort as well as being easier to don.
[Ed. note 9/12/13: information from PI's Task Book Initial Entry Form, provided September 2013]
[Ed. note 9/12/2013: added to Task Book when received information from HRP]