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Mobile Hospitals & Medical Clinics That Provide Portable Emergency Relief

During World War II, the US Navy used Quonset huts for a variety of applications, one of the most important being mobile hospitals.

Quonset huts are the perfect structures for this type of hospital because they’re portable, lightweight, easy to ship, and easy to assemble.

During that era, mobile hospitals, also known as field hospitals, could hold from 400 to 750 beds and were usually assembled within a few days of an invasion and followed the Army.

The purpose of field hospitals was to be close enough to treat patients quickly, then send them back to the front lines as soon as possible.

Portability was a necessity for field hospitals, as they had to pack their equipment and personnel into trucks, go to the next location, set up and be ready to admit patients within hours.

Field hospitals are still used today. In 2020, the military built eight field hospitals in and around New York, Chicago and two other Illinois cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary hospitals were assembled in case existing hospitals became overcrowded with coronavirus patients as the disease spread across the globe.

Features Needed in Rapid Deployment Of Medical Facilities

There are many important features needed to quickly deploy medical facilities that coincide with features of steel Quonset huts.

  • Quick Construction: Quonset huts can be quickly erected, but still provide substantial protection against the elements and other natural disasters. Many buildings can be put together with a small crew of people.
  • Portable: Not only are these structures easy to assemble in a flash, but they can also be taken down and used for another emergency situation. To move the building, simply take the building apart and reassemble it in another location.
  • Fast Shipping and Delivery Around the World: Quonset huts can be transported and delivered anywhere a semi-truck can go. This is crucial for remote or isolated environments where a more traditional hospital is impractical.
  • Easily Expandable: If you need to expand your field hospital building to increase capacity, you can purchase more arches later on to add to your structure for more space.
  • Unobstructed Interior Space: No beams or trusses means the entire space can be utilized and configured to fit the medical needs of patients, hospital beds, and other equipment.

Clinic-in-a-can, Hospitainer, & Quonset huts

Rapid response medical clinics, like hospitaners and Clinic in a Can, are critical in life-saving efforts in both the U.S. and developing nations worldwide.

SteelMaster ships all the components needed to assemble the envelope of your steel building. The arches only require one size of nut and bolt, which are included in the construction kit.

The shipping container the arches are shipped in can become an important part of the construction. That is exactly how “Clinic in a Can” works.

The Clinic in a Can was designed by medical professionals with field experience working with disaster relief and health services. Once assembled, the clinics are ready within minutes to be used.

When a typhoon devastated the Philippines, the “Clinic in a Can” was contracted by the United Nations to send a hospital to the area. They created the hospital from shipping containers and used a SteelMaster container cover in their design.

Clinic In A Can has also built clinics in: Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Liberia,  Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Kenya,  South Sudan, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

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