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Italians Design An Emergency Hospital Out Of Shipping Containers
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Italians Design An Emergency Hospital Out Of Shipping Containers

Currently, Italy is the world’s worst-hit country by the pandemic. Within the last 24 hours, 743 have passed away from Covid-19, bringing the death toll to a total of 6,820. Over 3,000 people are left in critical condition with more and more of them arriving at the ICU every day. The hospitals are overcrowded and doctors and nurses are run down from exhaustion. Unfortunately, the pandemic shows no signs of easing any time soon.

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Recently, Italian architects designed a life-saving solution to increase the ICU capacity

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With the growing need for increased ICU capacity, both the government and various organizations are looking for solutions to solve the problem that is costing lives.

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Recently, an international task force of designers, engineers, medical professionals, and military experts teamed up to create CURA—an open-source project aimed at capacity building in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Their invention called CURA, allows turning shipping containers into portable intensive care pods

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The creators of CURA got the brilliant idea to turn shipping containers into intensive care pods that will serve as wards for COVID-19 patients. The project was designed by Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota.

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According to the creators, these 20-foot intermodal containers can be mounted as quickly as a hospital tent, but are as safe as the isolation ward due to biocontainment with negative pressure.

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These pods are easy to transport and can be deployed within hours. They can be used individually or can be set up in various arrangements connected by an inflatable structure.

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Each of the biocontainment units has the capacity to fit medical equipment and two patients.

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The very first CURA is currently being built in Milan, Italy

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The very first CURA, which is being developed in an open-source, not-for-profit framework, is now being built in Milan, Italy, with the sponsorship of UniCredit.

Watch the introducing these portable intensive care pods below

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

Genius! Fucking GENIUS!!!! Kudos

Steffen Buchert
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2 years ago

It's a cool idea, but not new. Armed forces all over the world use this kind of mobile hospital for decades. For example the German Bundeswehr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueHfHD-Vd4Q

meg ewen
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2 years ago

We've had Datacenter in a POD for years now, so I'm not surprised to hear the military has the same concept for MASH units.

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Chris DiFonso
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2 years ago

Great idea, especially given the shortage of hospital beds. In California (and perhaps other states) they are reopening closed hospitals. At least one potential problem with this is that not all (and perhaps few) have ever been retrofitted for current earthquake standards. And, who knows how good the infrastructure is (e.g., ventilation system). This CURA is a better solution, in my opinion.

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago

Genius! Fucking GENIUS!!!! Kudos

Steffen Buchert
Community Member
2 years ago

It's a cool idea, but not new. Armed forces all over the world use this kind of mobile hospital for decades. For example the German Bundeswehr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueHfHD-Vd4Q

meg ewen
Community Member
2 years ago

We've had Datacenter in a POD for years now, so I'm not surprised to hear the military has the same concept for MASH units.

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Chris DiFonso
Community Member
2 years ago

Great idea, especially given the shortage of hospital beds. In California (and perhaps other states) they are reopening closed hospitals. At least one potential problem with this is that not all (and perhaps few) have ever been retrofitted for current earthquake standards. And, who knows how good the infrastructure is (e.g., ventilation system). This CURA is a better solution, in my opinion.

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