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 to serve as ward facilities for patient recovery as well as sterilized environments for sensitive procedures.
Defining Field Hospitals
The major difference between a traditional hospital establishment and a field hospital is that the latter is a more temporary and portable facility, which is usually established near a battlefield or disaster area to support troops or disaster victims.
A comprehensive field hospital typically includes a mobile medical unit to meet the needs for immediate patient care, getting the patient(s) into stable condition in order to transport them to permanent hospital facilities. The field hospital is additionally equipped with a trained and skilled medical staff and all necessary equipment and supplies contained in a portable, yet durable fabric structure.
Field hospitals are constructed from lightweight, yet durable materials such as high-strength polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fabric and a powder-coated aluminum frame. They can be rapidly set up and taken down, making these mobile field hospitals the most efficiently portable medical facility option available. The most premium fabric structures for medical applications can be deployed and fully operational within just 72 hours.
Modern Applications for Field Hospitals
The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Medical Support and U.S. Army Combat Support Hospital programs both use BLU-MED Response Systems® mobile medical systems around the world for military and civilian applications.
In addition to providing critical care for wounded soldiers in combat zones, modern field hospitals are ideal for mobile treatment of civilians in the event of terrorist attacks, virus outbreaks, and natural disasters.
Today, field hospitals are used for a variety of applications, depending on the level of need for medical treatment and care.