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Newly developed 'movable hospital units' offer space for severely ill COVID-19 patients Updated: 2021-01-08 04:02:52 KST

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to prolong, there's a lack of hospital beds, especially for those who are severely ill.
To solve this issue, a research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a movable, negative pressure isolation room called 'Mobile Clinic Module.'
It's a portable space that is easy to set up and can be used to treat COVID-19 patients or as screening centers.

"These negative pressure units can be installed in just 15 minutes and it cost 80 percent less than the previously used self-assembly wards."

It's easy to move too as it is 70 percent lighter than the more commonly-used units.
One of the main reasons why medical staff are feeling tired is because they have to wear protective suits whenever they see the patients.
However, the 'Mobile Clinic Module' has a 'pass box' where staff can administer tests and even deliver basic necessities without having to come into contact with patients.
Its lightness also means it would be easy to export.

"It's an air tent, so it's light and can be shipped easily. We could export an entire ward and we could also do small-scale exports right away of one unit."

This module will go through a testing period until January 15th to check its efficacy and convenience, before being put into production for commercial use.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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