Minnesota introduces portable hospital

Emergency Management Alert, September 30, 2008

During a catastrophe, one primary focus of emergency management personnel is how quickly they can get people to a nearby hospital. The state of Minnesota has changed that by bringing the hospital to the victims.
Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health introduced the Minnesota Mobile Medical Unit. The eight-bed facility is constructed from a typical tractor trailer unit, but once situated, can expand into a small, but fully functioning hospital, according to an article by Minnesota Public Radio. The portable unit is meant to assist victims at the scene of a large scale disaster, like forest fires or floods, or help alleviate the influx of patients to nearby hospitals.
Priced at $1.6 million, the unit has six regular care beds and two critical care beds, and was already tested in St. Paul during the Republican National Convention earlier this month.
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