Flu Outbreak Leaves Hospitals and Clinics with Limited Capacity, Puts Staff at Risk
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 07:40 AM EST
In recent weeks, the flu has topped headlines as being one of the worst outbreaks in years. The virus is spreading at an exponential rate, forcing many infected Americans to skip work or school and head for hospitals. However, the rapid onset of flu cases has left hospitals flooded with patients, leaving little to no room for developing cases.
Additionally, packed hospitals are creating a hub for the virus to spread to nurses, doctors and uninfected patients. There are solutions available to medical facilities to increase patient capacity and minimize risks. Such solutions include mobile surge facilities and mobile vaccination systems.
Shelter manufacturer, DHS Systems LLC has years of experience creating mobile, soft-walled facilities for military and medical organizations alike. The company’s Reeves EMS Brand is known for products that are specifically designed for a range of emergencies, including the current flu outbreak. Mobile surge facilities and mobile vaccination systems are among the many systems available through the Reeves EMS brand. Reeves Mobile Surge Facilities can deploy outside of overcrowded hospitals or near a disaster site for medical personnel to establish a treatment center. Moreover, Reeves Mobile Vaccination Systems are suitable for medical personnel to administer vaccinations without burdening crowded clinics and hospitals.
Both Reeves Medical Surge Facilities and Reeves Mobile Vaccination Systems use DHS’ patented Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelters (DRASH). These soft-walled shelters are rugged, man-portable and climate-controlled. They deploy within minutes, in any terrain, and can withstand extreme weather and temperature conditions. Additionally, the dual cover shelter design provides an aseptic environment for operational tasks. The shelter cover is armed with XYTEX 500™, an antimicrobial fabric that kills bacteria and microbes upon contact with the shelter’s surface, thus preventing further spread of infections and viruses.
“Due to the flu outbreak the last thing hospitals want is to be flooded by people that can transmit viruses. That is why the use of our Reeves Surge Facilities, or our Reeves Drive Thru Vaccination Systems is an effective way for hospitals and Public Health Departments personnel to work outside of the hospital in a comfortable work space that is heated and protected from the elements,” said Mark Vidovic Reeves Business Development Representative.
Reeves Surge Facilities are available in 10-bed and 25-bed models but the shelter’s design allows users to interconnect the facilities to increase operating space. In addition to the 10 and 25 bed models, many other shelter options are available to meet specific needs. Basic Reeves Medical Surge Facilities include interoperable systems for heating, cooling, and lighting. Packages that are more comprehensive include power generation and distribution, hardened flooring, patient bedding and medical equipment.
The flexibility of REEVES solutions allows medical personnel to establish either a walk-up vaccination clinic or a drive-thru clinic depending on the circumstances.
For more information about Reeves EMS products please visit our website.