Kentucky Acquires Mobile Medical Treatment Center
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that a new large-scale mobile medical treatment facility can now be deployed at or near the scene of a disaster or emergency anywhere in the state to provide treatment for patients on site and reduce the number of patients sent to hospital emergency rooms.
"In the event of a serious public health emergency, health and medical systems might be overwhelmed with people seeking treatment, and the need to meet this demand would be critical," said William D. Hacker, M.D., commissioner for public health. "This mobile medical treatment center will have the capability of providing medical services to our citizens utilizing local medical reserve corps volunteers without overburdening hospitals."
The mobile medical treatment center is an inflatable shelter system that can be rapidly deployed to the site of an emergency. The 3,342 square foot structure has a 45-bed capacity and houses separate areas for triage, isolation, administration/nursing station and patient care. The shelter is completely self-contained with two large 45-kilowatt generators and a heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. Supplies such as beds and cribs are also included with the center. Two 28-foot cargo trailers provide storage and transport for the unit.
President of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Mike Rust said, "The development of a large mobile treatment facility, which can both increase health care surge capacity and disaster response capability, is an important addition to the preparedness resources of the commonwealth. KHA is pleased to have had a role in assisting the DPH Public Health Preparedness Branch in assembling this new asset."
Funding for the center was provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).