Essity awarded contract by NASA to develop next-generation compression garment for Orion missions

CHARLOTTE, NC, July 10, 2018-

Essity announced today that it has been awarded a contract by NASA to design the next-generation JOBST® compression orthostatic intolerance garment (OIG) for potential use on future Orion human deep-space missions. Post-spaceflight orthostatic intolerance is the inability to stand upright without experiencing a rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, lightheadedness or feeling faint upon return to Earth.

Essity first collaborated with NASA’s Cardiovascular and Vision Laboratory at Johnson Space Center to develop a specialized three-piece JOBST gradient compression garment (GCG) that was tested for its ability to protect against post-spaceflight orthostatic intolerance in astronauts following two-week Space Shuttle missions. More recently, the JOBST garments have been tested in astronauts returning from four-to-six month stays on the International Space Station as part of the joint NASA-Russian Field Test Study, and preliminary study results to date have been promising.

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