NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1976
Reference Number: JSC-SO-49
Category: Health And Medicine
Origin: Astronaut Monitoring Technology
The black bag" is outgrowth of astronaut monitoring technology from NASA's Johnson Space Center. Technically known as the portable medical status system a highly advanced physician's "black bag" weighs less than 30 pounds yet contains equipment for monitoring and recording vital signs electrocardiograms and electroencephalograms. Liquid crystal displays are used to present 15 digits of data simultaneously for long periods of time without excessive use of battery power. Single printed circuit card contains all circuitry required to measure and display vital signs such as heart and respiration rate temperature and blood pressure."
Page Number in Published book: 60-61