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THE VIETNAM PEACEKEEPING CENTER’S LEVEL-2 FIELD HOSPITAL TRAINING EXERCISE

The Vietnam Peacekeeping Center (VPC), Military Hospital 175, and the Department of Military Medicine under the Vietnam Ministry of Defence in association with the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), recently held a series of lecture-based training and hands-on training exercises to prepare and train officers of the VPC and the Ministry of National Defence of…
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BLU-MED MEDICAL FACILITIES DEPLOYED AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, which officially ends November 30, has been record breaking, a test of human resolve and resiliency, and will require ongoing support for the massive recovery and rebuilding efforts. Considered the most active hurricane season since 2005, this season could potentially also be the costliest – with an estimated $180 billion…
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Equipping Modern Field Hospitals for Effective Disaster Response

Field hospitals play a critically important role in disaster response, from natural calamities like flooding or hurricanes, to outbreak of disease and violent conflicts. These facilities are the primary drivers for reducing the human life consequences of disaster, and helping survivors recover more quickly. Ample equipment and staffing of field hospitals is key to their…
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International Medical Corps and FEDEX Partner to Respond to Large-Scale Disasters

According to the World Health Organization, natural disasters kill approximately 90,000 people and affect almost 160 million people each year, worldwide. The importance for governments, local municipalities, first responders, as well as international aid organization to rapidly respond to such disasters with mobile hospitals and medical facilities cannot be understated. “The first 72 hours following…
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DONATED BLU-MED HOSPITAL FACILITY BECOMES REGION’S RESCUE COMMAND CENTER AFTER 3 MAJOR EARTHQUAKES IN CENTRAL ITALY

Within the span of four days, three powerful earthquakes devastated the central Umbria region of Italy. Stone and concrete structures, common in this mountainous province, previously compromised by the massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Amatrice on August 24, which killed nearly 300 people, offered little resistance. Centuries-old structures, many of historical significance, were reduced to…
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The Importance of Deployable Morgues for Disaster Sites

Natural disasters of all types and intensity carry risk of fatalities. Even minor inclement weather scenarios can have tragic effects and loss of life. Deployable morgues fill a critical need within effective medical care operations at disaster sites. Disaster response planning should always include these systems in order to manage deceased victims respectfully, efficiently, and…
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Blu-Med Participates in Delaware Hurricane Exercise

The Delaware Air National Guard, 166th Medical Group was the lead unit for the exercise and responsible for the setup of a BLU-MED Response System® mobile hospital. The BLU-MED medical facility included an administration area, triage area, operating room, and patient ward.

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Field Hospitals

Combat and disaster zones require complete medical support for everything from simple illnesses and scrapes, to intensive care, surgery, and even isolation capacity in the event of the outbreak of a disease or virus such as Ebola. Portable field hospitals provide the rapid deployment, ease of transport, and comprehensive medical services and equipment to serve…
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Ecuador and Japan Earthquakes Highlight Need for Mobile Medical Facilities

Deadly earthquakes have struck regions of Ecuador and Japan in the past week, resulting in hundreds of deaths, thousands injured, and leaving a combined total of almost 450,000 in need of aid and/or shelter. The extreme and sudden effects of large scale disasters highlight a need for mobile medical facilities and shelter accommodation that can…
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Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Emergency Preparation

By definition, emergencies and disasters are difficult to prepare for—they are unexpected events with dangerous, destructive, and often deadly consequences. Even though we cannot predict exactly when a disaster might occur, plenty can be done to prepare for one. For families, institutions, businesses, and governments, the occurrence of disasters isn't a question of if, but…
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Portable Disaster Response Structures for Flooding

Flooding causes a sudden state of emergency that can force communities to evacuate residents to safety, displace families from their homes and cause damage to vital infrastructure. In South Carolina, heavy rains swamped local communities, triggering President Barack Obama to declare a state of disaster from flooding. Since Oct. 3, at least 13 dams failed,…
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Communities Need Disaster Preparedness Plans

Emergency preparedness extends beyond communities that have a high probability of experiencing manmade or natural disasters. Even if a region is not historically disaster-prone, unforeseen catastrophes can still occur. In fact, Ready.gov states that, during a person’s lifetime, most communities are at risk from several types of hazards, including terrorist attacks, pandemics, home fires, and…
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Negative Pressure Isolation Facilities for Disease Outbreaks

In the event of an act of bio-terrorism or an outbreak of an infectious airborne disease, negative pressure isolation facilities are critical systems. They are vital for safely treating infected patients, monitoring quarantined individuals and protecting nearby communities from infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide guidelines and requirements for Airborne Infection Isolation…
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September is National Preparedness Month

Sept. 11, 2015 marked the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a tragic event that shook many Americans to their core. In addition to showing our ability to come together, both nationally and in smaller communities, the attacks identified the need for better preparedness for disasters of all kinds. September is now National Preparedness…
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