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 Vietnam on the logistics, deployment, and successful operation of a Level-2 field hospital purchased from BLU-MED Response Systems®.
The Level-2 field hospital training exercise and simulations were attended by 60 Vietnamese officers and soldiers, as well as 17 subject matter experts with military hospital deployment experience from the United Kingdom and United States.
In addition to focusing on the technology, logistics, management, and healthcare of the Level-2 field hospital, the long-term goal of the exercise is for Vietnam’s peacekeeping forces and Vietnam’s military medical force to be called upon by the UN, to participate and support future peacekeeping missions, contributing to maintaining stability, peace and development in the region and the world.
Vietnam’s first Level-2 field hospital is scheduled to be deployed in 2018, to support UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan.
The Level-2 field hospital from BLU-MED Response Systems® is a 1,500 square-foot turnkey medical facility, equipped with power generation, lighting and electrical systems, HVAC, and includes the medical equipment and furniture needed to support the operations of an emergency department, operating room, (2) sub-acute care wards with 20-beds, (2) intensive care beds, a dental clinic, and digital radiography. The turnkey mobile hospital is also configured with a self-contained 45 liters / minute water purification system and medical waste incinerator. Additional BLU-MED shelters were provided for housing 70 medical and support staff, a dining facility, kitchen trailer, as well as shower and toilet facilities.
At the closing ceremony, VPC Director Colonel Hoang Kim Phung offered thanks to all the participants for supporting and attending the training exercise.
BLU-MED Response Systems®, a division of Alaska Structures, Inc., is The World’s Leader in Deployable Medical Facilities™. BLU-MED provides turnkey, portable shelter-based solutions for a wide range of applications including full service hospitals with alternate EOC, CBRNE, triage, isolation, immunization, decontamination, emergency rooms (ER), operating rooms (OR), intensive care units (ICU), burn unit, and mortuaries, mobile field hospitals, alternate command centers, temporary housing and base camp requirements for hospital expansion, surge capacity, and emergency disaster preparedness and response. BLU-MED also offers support services including a full range of medical equipment packages, vendor managed inventory, field deployment, and training & exercise support. For more information, visit BLU-MED’s home page.
For more information about The Vietnam Peacekeeping Center, please visit their website: http://www.vnpkc.gov.vn
Photos courtesy of The Vietnam Peacekeeping Center and People’s Army Newspaper.