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The Unit

Emergency room setup
BC’s Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) is a state-of-the-art mobile medical facility. A legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the unit is now owned by the Provincial Health Services Authority in partnership with the regional health authorities.

A unique resource

The MMU offers clinical support ranging from primary and outpatient care, to critical and emergency life-saving surgical care.  

Tour the Mobile Medical Unit

The only resource of its kind in Canada, the team and unit travel to each BC health authority annually to provide emergency response for event-related medical surge, ensure business continuity during planned and unplanned events like disasters, facilitate clinical education, and/or offer mobile health consultation services.  

When not in active deployment, the MMU is protected in an indoor, climate-controlled warehouse facility to preserve its longevity and protect the medical equipment and consumable supplies.  

A team of biomedical engineers have set up a comprehensive preventative maintenance program for all medical equipment.  

When on deployment, the MMU easily connects to a site’s electrical grid to run its clinical systems and equipment. In an emergency situation, the MMU can activate its two 100 kw diesel generators and be self-sufficient.

Equipment highlights

  • Expands to 1,100 square-foot flexible patient care space  
  • Four monitored patient bays, six non-monitored 
  • Multi-purpose procedure room 
  • PACS compatible  
  • Medical imaging 
  • Point-of-care testing 
  • IMITS connectivity 
    • Two-level configuration (similar design to a NASCAR trailer) 
    • Required for transport of medical equipment 
    • Supply and storage of medical consumable supplies  
    • Kitchen and bathroom for support personnel 
    • Workshop for on-the-road maintenance and support 
    • Allows the MMU to create and supply its own oxygen 
    • Generates 93% pure oxygen from ambient air
    • Transport of the MMU team members  
    • Pulls the oxygen concentrator
    • Two inflatable tents for multi-purpose use that can include first aid, equipment shelter, or administration.  
    • Shore power hook-up to the hospital site 
    • City water & waste connections 
    • Connectivity with local hospital network so clinicians can access their own health authority system while in the unit 
    • Laptops and printer available upon request 
    • WiFi
    • Both the MMU and supply trailers (including tractors) are about 80ft in length  
    • When set up, the MMU ramp extends an additional 30 ft; the supply trailer ramp extends 16 ft  
    • MMU has three slide-outs:  
      • Passenger-side patient care area 28 ft long, extending out 7 ft  
      • Passenger-side or multi-purpose room, 13 ft long, extending out 6 ft 
      • Driver-side 32 ft long, extending out 7 ft  
    • There are two possible configurations for MMU perimeter set-up  
      • End-to-end requires 250 ft x 30 ft footprint  
      • Side-by-side requires 130 ft x 60 ft footprint 

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