Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services rapidly put their BLU-MED deployable medical facilities into action following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. The portable hospital served local residents near the John F. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank, New York throughout the month of November. The medical shelter system includes field hospital beds with the capacity to provide health care to approximately 60 patients. The hospital facility was staffed by medical reserve volunteers.
The mobile hospital is a combination of two BLU-MED RapidSurge™ packages, which can be delivered by pickup truck and after quick assembly, each provides 1,500 square feet of floor space. The fabric buildings included complete electrical systems, lighting and heating, and are powered by diesel generators. The shelter system is designed to withstand 100 mph winds and 20 pounds per square foot of snow, so follow-on ‘Northeaster” storms were no threat to continuing operations in the deployable medical facility.
About BLU-MED Response Systems
BLU-MED Response Systems provides turn-key mobile field hospitals, portable shelter-based solutions for disaster medical surge facilities, alternate command centers, temporary housing and base camp requirements. The company offers a full range of medical equipment packages and configuration options. BLU-MED support services include vendor managed inventory options, field deployment, and training & exercise services.
BLU-MED facilities can be sized and customized to meet a variety of state and local public safety and public health response requirements. Modular options include medical surge wards, patient treatment, decontamination, immunization/drug distribution, negative pressure isolation, and field laboratory units. BLU-MED Response Systems is a division of Alaska Structures, Inc. For more information see blu-med.com.