Plug n’ play hospital

Over at Boing Boing, MAKE bud Xeni Jardin has an interview with MSF (aka “Doctors without Borders”) Logistics Supervisor Laurent Dedieu in New York, and Hocine Bouhabib in Haiti, about the inflatable hospitals they’re setting up in Port-au-Prince.

How do you create a surgery center in a disaster zone in the shortest amount of time possible? The aid group Doctors Without Borders (aka Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF) has developed what they call a “plug and play hospital,” a series of inflatable tents with generators and sanitation equipment designed to be mostly independent from the water and power systems typically unavailable after a catastrophe. They are setting up one of these in Haiti right now: 9 tents, 100 beds, including surgery and intensive care areas. And if you think Windows install kits are heavy? This one weighs 41 metric tons.

Haiti: HOWTO set up a plug-and-play hospital – Doctors Without Borders

4 thoughts on “Plug n’ play hospital

  1. Joseph says:

    This is interesting, but what is the advantage of an inflatable tent over a normal tent?

  2. askr says:

    that screeching noise when it gets inflated must be one of the most agonizing sounds ever. literally like a combination of nails on a blackboard+fork on a plate+dentist drill.. makes you wonder if its really worth setting it up (almost) ;)

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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