New tent hospital boosts NZ’s disaster response

October 25, 2017

A high-tech tent hospital has improved New Zealand’s ability to provides emergency healthcare when disasters strikes, according to an article on the Ministry of Health website.

The new portable medical facility has helped the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT) earn World Health Organization classification as a Type 1 Mobile and Fixed Outpatients Emergency Medical Team, becoming the 13th team worldwide to achieve the standard. 

The tent features a series of interconnecting sections for triage, maternity, resuscitation, a 10-stretcher observation ward and a pharmacy.

There’s also storage, and an administrative command and control area. It carries sufficient equipment and medical supplies to treat 1400 people in two weeks, including making its own drinking water from raw or salt water. 

Read the article.


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