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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.  

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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