HYDERABAD: In a first of its kind, Telangana got a mobile intensive care unit for equipped with two ventilators and three beds in a bus for COVID-19 patients.
The MCICU, as the mobile Covid-19 ICU is developed and conceptualised by a charity organisation, Grace Cancer Foundation here in partnership with others. It is meant to be positioned in areas of the greatest need in Hyderabad.
These mobile ICUs has facilities like ventilator, imaging, tele radiology, e-ICU, ultrasound among others. Swab samples of the patients can also be collected in a contactless manner in this mobile ICU.
Speaking to the media, the developers of mobile units said that it is aimed to save precious lives as it takes advanced critical care in the areas where the modern medical facilities are lacking.
They say the facility can be of great help in dealing with the Covid situation, especially considering the fact that there is a huge shortage of ventilator equipped beds in the country and the existing infrastructure is largely concentrated in metros and state capitals.
Easy mobility enhances the usage potential of the ventilators in a hyper local environment. The cost of building the unit is up to 50 per cent lower than doing the same in a hospital context.
As per media reports, the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad is the data and technology partner of the facility.