The MMU can be used to provide care to people with a minor illness or injury, particularly at sporting events and festivals that attract large numbers of people.
The "minor illness and injury" level of care may also be provided if the MMU is serving to replace a portion of a health-care facility that is damaged or undergoing renovation (such as an emergency room).
- provides a clean, safe and temperature-controlled environment in which to assess and monitor patients with minor injuries (see the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS) Levels 4 and 5. According to the CTAS scale, Levels 4 and 5 are "less urgent" and "non-urgent", respectively.)
- may reduce number of visits to the hospital by people who have a minor illness or injury, which might help to alleviate pressures that result from an increased number of patients, especially for events held in small communities
- can be offered in combination with a higher level of care (such as Level 2 or Level 3), which may be required at higher-risk sporting events.