As hospitals around the world are reaching capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a project has initiated to convert repurposed shipping containers into mobile intensive care units (ICU). The aim is to support hospitals and communities as they struggle to treat an increasing number of patients with respiratory infections.
The modular pods include a bed and all the equipment needed to save patients who require intensive treatment due to coronavirus. The mobile units would be as fast to mount as a hospital tent, but as safe as an isolation ward, thanks to biocontainment with negative pressure. They can be sent to under-equipped countries, with a shortage of ICU beds.
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An international task force of designers, engineers, medical professionals, and military experts have joined forces to work on CURA (Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments), with help by Carlo Ratti Associati and MIT to streamline capacity building in intensive-care units (ICU). The first prototype is currently being developed in Milan, Italy.