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Santa Crus County Prepares With Mobile Hospitals From Blu-Med

Photo courtesy of KION News Channel 5/46. Full article and video available here. Santa Cruz County, California recently acquired 6 BLU-MED® mobile hospitals from the state. The mobile hospitals will be used to provide emergency and medical response services following man-made or natural disasters including earthquakes, fires, and mud slides. “The goal is to be…
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AmeriCares Deploys BLU-MED Medical Facilities in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

The 155 MPH winds from Hurricane Maria caused wide-spread damage to much of the island’s utilities, infrastructure and homes. In San Lorenzo, the two-story COSSMA non-profit health center was destroyed and rendered unusable when sections of the roof were blown away. The clinic provides medical services to approximately 5,000 patients a year.

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International Medical Corps Deploys BLU-MED Mobile Hospital in Los Angeles

Copyright © 2018 KABC-TV. All Rights Reserved. In partnership with FedEx, a team from the nonprofit International Medical Corps setup a BLU-MED mobile field hospital in downtown Los Angeles to respond to a simulated cholera outbreak following a crisis or natural disaster. The complete 9,000 square foot mobile hospital consists of 12-modules and is fully…
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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 and setup, ease of transport, and comprehensive medical services and equipment…
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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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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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Helicopter Hangars for Disaster Response

If your local agency or organization is responsible for disaster response planning and preparation with a helicopter, then you should consider including a helicopter hangar in your disaster response program. These structures help to maintain readiness of the aircraft that are vital for medevac and even victim rescue. This is particularly true if disaster affects…
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Wildfires Test the Pacific Northwest’s Disaster Preparedness

In the recent weeks, the rampant wildfires on the west coast have burned almost 1.7 million acres and driven whole communities from their homes. More than 28,000 firefighters and other support personnel are battling fires from Sacramento, California, to northeastern Washington state. On August 21, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Washington,…
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