MEMPHIS, Tenn. – (localmemphis.com) – Disaster victims can now be treated and triaged on site, should disaster strike the Mid-South, thanks to a new “Mobile Field Hospital.”
The 80-plus bed mobile Hospital will serve six counties in the tri-state area. It is a joint effort between the Memphis Office of Emergency Management and the Jackson Madison Regional Health Department.
Wayne Arnold with the Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department said, “We need to prepare and plan for events that may come up.”
It looks like a big blue tent set up at 4th and Beale in downtown Memphis, but inside you’ll find a sterile, air-conditioned, mobile hospital that can be used to treat disaster victims on-site.
“If the Doctor can treat them there and then discharge from the mobile field hospital, then they don’t go and use those resources in our local hospitals,” said Richard Keith, manager of Memphis Fire’s Office of Emergency Management.
The Mid-South Emergency Planning Coalition has been working to make this happen for a couple of years.
The mobile Hospital has top-of-the-line equipment and is made up of volunteers – from medical experts and first responders, to those who just want to help others.
“It’s a doctor, nurses, clinical & nonclinical staff that would run a hospital facility,” Keith said.
The mobile Hospital can be set up anywhere, anytime, depending on the need after a disaster or mass casualty event.
“You saw the cardiac monitor and then the Lucas device. The Lucas device is that automatic mechanical CPR device,” said Keith.
The purpose is to help out local hospitals and get disaster victims the treatment they need fast.
“I hope none of this is ever really needed for that big disaster, but you prepare for those events ahead of time,” said Arnold.
Equipment for the mobile field hospital was purchased through grants and partnerships.