PHSA's Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) is known as a hospital on wheels. So when MMU brings emergency relief or clinical education to communities across the province, it serves as an extension of the host hospital site and must have seamless network connectivity with the host hospital.
To ensure strong network connectivity for printers, computers and telecommunications, the MMU partnered with Delta Hospital staff and the FH Health Informatics department (responsible for implementing new systems and applications, and providing ongoing support across Fraser Health) from November 19 to November 22 for testing.
The testing included troubleshooting and power connectivity and helped foresee possible requirements for other sites in other communities. Each deployment has a specific set of hardware that it requires, so what was deployed at Delta Hospital was a representation of the technical hardware used at sites across Fraser Health Authority.
The deployment also provided an opportunity for an emergency test case scenario requiring activation of the MMU. In the scenario, members of Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) along with Delta Hospital staff and Delta Community First Responders (including police and fire fighters) responded to a hypothetical construction site accident of a crane falling at Delta Hospital during renovations.
“It was an honour to be the first hospital site to complete the network connectivity testing. It reassured us that we can run the MMU as an extension of our site if we needed to,” said Cathy Wiebe, director of clinical operations, Delta Hospital.
The MMU makes planned deployments to each health region in B.C. every year. In most cases, hospital staff are provided opportunities to learn and work in the MMU. In other cases, such as the site visit to Delta Hospital, the MMU team uses a deployment to fine tune logistics for setting up for emergency clinical deployments.
“This was an amazing experience of learning and working with our partners in the event we needed to request the MMU to provide service to the community of Delta,” said Cathy. “This experience also provided our staff, physicians, and community partners with an opportunity to view the MMU and test how we could use it in the event of a disaster.”
The MMU partners with all of B.C.’s health authorities to help build health care capacity. A resource in the event of a natural disaster, emergency or temporary back up to a B.C. health care facility, the MMU also makes deployments in B.C. every year to provide opportunities for education and planning.
The MMU has deployed to over 60 sites across the province for various support missions, including public health outreach, capital renovation, medical surge, emergency and disaster, and clinical medical education. For a comprehensive list of all MMU deployments, visit the deployments page
on the MMU website.