During this global pandemic, the U.S. Navy’s Hospital Ship, USNS Mercy, a beast of a supertanker, has been turned into a floating hospital to help non-COVID-19 patients in need of medical and surgical care (with the exceptions of obstetrics and pediatrics).
The goal is to free-up hospital beds in communities hit hardest by Coronavirus. Typically, the Mercy handles combat casualty care, but given the need, it has made this transformation and moved from San Diego to the port of Los Angles where COVID-19 has hit especially hard.
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More than 800 medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, corpsmen, other medical professionals and mariners have embarked on the Mercy. There are reportedly 1,000 beds. Some of the most impressive features of the Mercy includes a blood bank capacity of 5,000 units, a radiology suite, surgical suites, 15 patient wards, and 80 intensive care beds.
The USNS Mercy is the lead ship of her class of hospital ships in non-commissioned service with the United States Navy.