What and where do you use these units?
A Mobile Medical Unit is a medical vehicle or compartment in or towed by a vehicle that can be taken to either emergency sites and or rural areas that do not have medical facilities available.
They can come in different sizes and unit types:
The types of units you get:
- 1- THE AMBULANCE: we all know these vehicles as they are the first medical team we call when in an emergency and usually fall under the fire department and or local hospital. They contain all medical items for any medical emergency to stabilize a patient and then to mobilize the patient to the closest hospital for further treatment and or surgery. They are usually accompanied by response vehicles when it comes to road accidents.
- 2- THE MEDICAL RESPONSE VEHICLE: these are quite similar to the ambulance but are found mostly responding to accidents inclusive of such accidents as motor vehicle and motorcycle as well as airplane crashes big or small.
They come equipped with more specialized mechanical equipment for removing the patients from crash sites or vehicles, such as the jaws of life and compressed airbags for lifting heavy objects off patients where the ambulance will then take over.
- 3- THE MOBILE CLINIC:
This is a larger vehicle, usually, a converted bus. that is converted into a small one or two-roomed clinic that is used for medical diagnoses and tests done on the road by “traveling doctors” from one poor or rural area to another.
They usually do one area a day or sometimes two depending on the number of patients before moving onto the next area.
They usually travel at night for long-distance as the roads are clearer from traffic and also they usually have a driver that sleeps during the day while they treat the patients, so he can drive at night.
The mobile clinic is usually followed by the specialist unit, the Mobile Theatre a day or two later.
- 4- THE MOBILE THEATRE:
Like the Mobile Medical Unit, this mobile theatre is a converted bus that has been converted to accommodate a small theatre that does small procedures like dental procedures, ophthalmology procedures, and other smaller procedures that can be done under local anesthetic.
As you can see the first two mentioned above and the second two, work hand in hand or in tandem with each other.