State Of Indiana Has New Emergency Response Tool

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Aerial shot of two of the mobile units

July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (21Alive) -- The State of Indiana now has a mobile hospital unit to be used during disasters and other emergency situations.

The unit consists of three 26 ft. trailers, each containing two structures with generators, HVAC systems, and basic hospital equipment. The three trailers can be used in conjunction or can be separated to create multiple emergency care sites. When used in together, the three trailers can accommodate 50 patients.

When a natural disaster strikes, access to medical care is often in desperate need, but short supply due to things like lack of transportation, power outages and hospitals being overwhelmed,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “The mobile hospital unit can be deployed to support local healthcare personnel and emergency responders when and where it’s most needed.”

The unit can be used for such things as a vaccine clinic, triage site, casualty collection site, volunteer management site, donation management site, and other varieties of emergency management sites.




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